2 must-try crispy bites to make using Parmigiano Reggiano

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2 must-try crispy bites to make using Parmigiano Reggiano

Wondering what to do with a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano? Make 2 satisfying crispy bites that can be served as sides or moreish snacks. Try your hand at making TikTok-viral Parmigiano Reggiano-crusted Brussels sprouts, or get fancy with Abigail Donnelly’s potato croquettes with a rich Parmigiano Reggiano Hollandaise.

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Parmigiano Reggiano is undoubtedly one of the most iconic Italian cheeses. Made using the same methods created nine centuries ago, it’s still the go-to cheese to add flavour to pasta, sandwiches, soups and salads.

To achieve the perfect wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, the ageing process can last at least 12 months, with other varieties being aged for up to 36 months. The result is a firm, nutty cheese that takes cheeseboards, pasta, sauces and salads to new heights. Parmigiano Reggiano is loved for its umami-rich flavour and granular, crumbly texture. To check whether you’ve purchased the real deal, the rind of the cheese is branded with an official Parmigiano Reggiano logo and PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) insignia – your guarantee of an unforgettable taste experience.

1. Cheesy potato croquettes with Parmigiano Reggiano Hollandaise

It doesn’t get more classic than potatoes and cheese. Food director Abigail Donnelly shares her party-starting cheesy potato croquettes that are perfect for dipping into a creamy, rich Hollandaise sauce. This recipe is a Parmigiano Reggiano explosion – the cheese is added to the mashed potatoes before deep-frying, which complements the nutty flavour of butter in the mash. If making Hollandaise has always intimidated you, Abi’s blender version is completely foolproof. While Parmesan isn’t a creamy cheese, it has a high-fat content that helps to emulsify it into the egg-based sauce. If you have a few guests coming over and want to impress, these croquettes will get the job done (and you may even receive a few requests for the recipe!).

Get the recipe for cheesy potato croquettes with Parmigiano Reggiano Hollandaise here.

2. Parmigiano Reggiano-crusted roast vegetables

Abi takes the viral TikTok Parmesan-crusted potatoes and applies the same method to Brussels sprouts and carrots (use your favourites – broccoli, sweet potatoes, chickpeas and baby marrow work just as well) to make them crispy, cheesy and irresistible. These could not be any easier – the Parmigiano Reggiano melts to create a layer at the base of the vegetables that sets once cooled, resulting in a crispy, crunchy vegetable side.  This recipe can be made in the oven or air-fryer. If you’ve been looking for an alternative way to serve vegetables, this recipe is for you.

Get the recipe for Parmigiano Reggiano-crusted roast vegetables here.

Find more cheese recipes here. 

Photography: Jan Ras 
Videography: Romy Wilson 
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistant: Cheri Kustner

Masterfully made in Italy with the same passion, expertise and dedication as it was in the 12th century, Parmigiano Reggiano remains true to its heritage and flavour. Artisan cheesemakers use traditional methods of production distinctive to the area of origin, to create the only authentic Parmesan cheese.

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