The heart wants what the hearts wants - and it's calling for parmesan.
7 Feb 2018 - 11:02 AM  UPDATED 7 Feb 2018 - 11:02 AM

Are you guilty of putting parmesan on anything and everything? There are certainly worse crimes to commit, so we'll provide the ammunition with our top 10 parmesan must-haves here at HQ.

1. You had me at béchamel

It's comfort food 101 and this moussaka recipe will go down a treat. Cauliflower and cheese make excellent pals in this superb béchamel - talk about nailing the brief!

2. All hail, Caesar

Arguable one of the most popular salads ever, the Caesar combines bacon, cheese, bread and mayo - and this lighter rendition hits all the high notes of the classic, without compromising on flavour (plus it uses a mean maple bacon). And don't worry, parmesan still makes the cut...

3. Rising to the occasion

The soufflé always makes a grand entrance and why not - it's a high flyer. Light but incredibly flavoursome, this three-cheese recipe  calls on cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan, along with the Dijon mustard and hint of cayenne. 

Three-cheese souffle

4. Super-bowl

Fresh egg pasta filled with roasted pumpkin and parmesan before being coated in a rich burnt butter and sage sauce - you'll be knockin' this one back with extra shavings of parmesan, that we promise you! Get this recipe.

5. No-fear "wet rice"

Turn that risotto fear into a weekly staple, with this rich and super-easy mushroom version. It's ready in 30 minutes? Now we're talking!

6. Can't go past a schnitty

The parmesan adds a wonderfully savoury edge to the coleslaw and the walnut crumb coating. Track down a good -quality meat for a schnitzel and you'll be in juicy heaven in no time. 

Walnut and parmesan crumbed schnitzel with red coleslaw

7. Haloumi gets a smokin'

Cooked in a smoky tomato sauce, these meatballs are made with lamb, beef, haloumi and grated parmesan, which hit all the right salty, rich and cheesy notes.

8. Creamy egg-cellence

A rich, indulgent dish that combines creamy polenta with crispy egg whites and runny yolks. There’s also a crisp salty touch from the capers, a hint of herbaceousness from the sage, and plenty of parmesan to keep you entertained. Get it here.

9. Hash brown goes big 

With a touch of parmesan, here's a giant potato rostï  perfect for sharing. Sunday morning breakfasts will never be the same again. 

Potato rosti

10. A little bit corny...

Juicy cobs of corn get a little more exciting thanks to Shane Delia's crispy cheese crumb and fresh (pine nut-less) pesto - this is an easy win for parmesan and corn and you'll want this easy snack every night.

Pesto corn on the cob

BONUS | Make your cheesy pastry

Shortcrust pastry, when you have a good recipe, is one of the simplest and quickest pastries to make and our resident #Bakeproof baker, Anneka Manning, gives us lots of tips to pastry perfection as well as a parmesan version that is perfect for savoury tarts and pies.


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