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25 Ways to Enjoy the "King of Cheese"

We did it! On Saturday, April 16th, we successfully simultaneously cracked open more than 305 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano. That’s one wheel for each of our stores….and then some! And to top if off, we unofficially beat the Guinness World Record (which we officially hold from 2008) for most number of wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cracked open at the same time. To celebrate this feat, we asked our shoppers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers to share their favorite way to use the ‘King of Cheese’. Here are 25 of the most unique ideas we heard:
  • Sprinkled atop spaghetti mixed with crumbled hard-cooked fried egg
  • Dress up a delivery pizza by grating it on top
  • Fry shavings in a non-stick skillet and eat it like chips
  • Grated atop steamed Brussels sprouts with freshly ground pepper
  • Mix with cracker crumbs or panko for breading on baked pork chops
  • Use the rind when making soups, gravies or sauces
  • Thickly shaved over ANY type of risotto
  • Put a chunk in the center of a meatball....it melts when you cook it!
  • Freshly grated atop sautéed kale
  • Use the rind when making lentils or baked beans
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano crème brûlée
  • Sprinkle atop fresh-baked apple crisp
  • Crumbled into vegetable pancakes and served with crisp pancetta
  • Dress up a bowl of ramen noodles by grating it on top
  • Hollow out a wheel and toss hot pasta inside so it's coated with the cheese
  • Whole wheat penne pasta, butter, sea salt and freshly grated parmesan
  • Tossed with quartered red potatoes that are lightly coated with olive oil
  • Rolled oats cooked with garlic, browned in olive oil, topped with fresh herbs and freshly grated parmesan
  • Freshly grated on top of popcorn
  • Break into chunks, drizzle with honey, oregano, red chili flakes & garlic: grill for 30 seconds
  • Freshly grated over homemade blueberry pie
  • Melted inside a southern country ham & biscuit
  • Freshly grated atop sliced pears and bananas
  • Broiled lobster tails topped with pesto, olive oil and freshly shaved parmesan
  • Freshly grated atop french fries and dusted with red chili flakes
Do you have a favorite way to enjoy fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano? Let us know!