Parmigiano-Reggiano "Ice Cream"

Serves 6

A perfect way to begin or end a meal, it is more like a twist on the cheese course than a sweet dessert. To learn how to make this recipe, watch the Secret Ingredient cooking show.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Accompaniments:
  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Multigrain raisin or crusty French bread
  • Red grapes
  • Pear or apple slices
  • Walnuts
  • Arugula
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Method: 

Bring cream, garlic and nutmeg to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, watching constantly. Remove garlic and reduce heat to medium-low. Add cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until all cheese is incorporated. Continue stirring until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, pour into a shallow heat-resistant dish and cool to room temperature. Cover the dish and refrigerate until cheese stiffens. Scoop out small portions with a spoon or a melon baller. Garnish with your choice of accompaniments listed above.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:250 calories (200 from fat), 22g total fat, 14g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 11g protein
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