10 ways to enjoy Parmesan cheese (or Parmigiano Reggiano/Grana Padano)

We all know the story of Parmigiano Reggiano and also of Grana Padano, which may be considered a cousin of the former. Let's dig deeper into the versatility of those cheeses, generally called Parmesan around the world.

Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano (also known as Parmesan cheese(s)) are two famous Italian cheeses made from raw cow's milk. If you wish you may take a look here to better understand what we are talking about. Let's go!

Delight #1 – Parmesan cheese as an aperitif

A glass of champagne, a glass of good white sparkling or red still wine with Parmesan cheese, is a tasty aperitif.

Parmesan cheese with a glass of red wine

Delight #2 – Parmesan cheese as finger food

Served in small chops, that cheese is also a must in every finger food buffet.

Delight #3 – Grated Parmesan cheese

Grated on pasta, rice, ravioli in broth, it spices up your dishes. Not only a pleasure: it stimulates gastric juices helping the digestive process.

Grated Parmesan cheese

Delight #4 – Parmesan cheese with pears

Cut in small pieces, it's a gorgeous companion of pears. Even an Italian saying reminds this classic combination:

Al contadino non far sapere quanto è buono il cacio con le pere

Don't tell the farmer how good is cheese with pears.

Delight #5 – Parmesan cheese on Pizza

Spread it on the surface of your Pizza Margherita either replacing mozzarella or added on. Parmesan cheese makes an original combination of tastes.

Delight #6 – A wafer of Parmesan cheese

Take a non-stick pan and grate some Parmesan cheese; make it melt and cool off until you get a nice salty wafer to garnish your dishes.

Delight #7 – The classic snack

3 breadsticks and 4 bits of Parmesan cheese are a healthy and quick snack you can eat everywhere.

Delight #8 – Parmesan cheese with grapes

Try 3 grapes with a bit of Parmesan Cheese: the union of their sweet and savory flavors, give a pleasant sensation to your palate.

Delight #9 – Parmesan cheese on scrambled eggs

Cook two scrambled eggs, turn off the heat when they are cooked and soft. Then put a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on the eggs and cover with the lid for one minute. The melted cheese will give a richer flavor to your eggs.

Delight #10 – Parmesan cheese with red chicory

This is a real must. Parmesan cheese shaved in red chicory and dressed with lemon, salt and extra virgin olive oil, is a good side dish in every season of the year.

Salad with red chicory (detail)

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