Were you one of the very lucky people to get that fabulous bargain Parmigiano Regiano (parmesan) cheese at Woolworths a few weeks ago for $3? I heard some were very lucky to find it for 50 cents! Woolworths were marking them down as the cheese was close to it's expiry date.
Since then I’ve had quite a few people ask me for ideas on what they can do with it all.
I have grated all of mine and frozen it. If you are going to grate yours don’t forget to cube your cheese 3-4cms before grating. 150g maximum in the TM bowl 10 sec / speed 9.
Don’t dispose of the rind as it has many uses!
The rinds are full of umami and will add extra flavour and richness to a variety of dishes. The rinds freeze perfectly well and can be thrown into whatever you are cooking straight from the freezer!
Here are some ideas for you to place a piece of rind in while you are cooking, as it imparts a lovely flavour. Remove and discard the rind when you have finished cooking.
- Minestrone or a red bean curry
- Place rind in the water for cooking pasta, gnocchi, rice or risotto
- Place the rinds in a jar with some peeled garlic cloves. Fill jar with olive oil and make Parmesan-infused olive oil. Great for dipping bread into too!
- Rind soaked in Grape Seed oil makes a yummy dressing or mayonnaise (not olive oil) for a Caesar salad
- If the rind is pure cheese (with no waxy coating), you can grill the rind until it becomes soft and chewy, put it on a piece of crusty bread and eat.
Do you have any additional ways that you like to use Parmesan cheese rinds? If you do, please comment below for others to learn.
NB: Sometimes the cheese rind may dissolve into whatever you are cooking, but if it doesn't, just remove it with a spoon before serving. It will add a beautiful umami complexity to your dish.
Recipes I have on ThermoFun that require parmesan cheese are:
Last updated 4th June 2018
20g Cream Cheese Dip with Tomato and Basil - ThermoFun Club Members 2014
25g Chicken Pesto Roulade – ThermoFun Club Members 2015
30g Champagne Prawns
30g Beetroot Dip
30g Salmon Pesto Parcels - ThermoFun Club Members 2017
30g Spanish Tuna Pasta Bake - ThermoFun Club Members 2014
40g Crisp Seed Crackers - ThermoFun Club Members 2016
50g Chicken & Veg Cheesy Macaroni Bake - ThermoFun Club Members 2016
50g Chicken Rice Pies - ThermoFun Club Members 2017
50g Lasagna Soup - ThermoFun Club Members 2014
50g Tuna Rice Pie – ThermoFun Members Club 2016
50g White Bean, Pea and Lemon Risotto – ThermoFun Members Club 2015
60g Basil Pesto Pizza - Meals in a Jiffy Cookbook
60g Doggy Meatloaf
60g Penne with Vodka
60g Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Cannelloni – ThermoFun Club Members 2015
60g Tuna, Mushroom Pasta Casserole
60g White Bean and Parmesan Dip - ThermoFun Club Members 2015
65g Exotic Thai Cashew Dip
65g Roasted Pumpkin, Cashew & Parmesan Dip
100g Cheese Crackers
100g Cheesy Polenta - ThermoFun Members Club 2016
100g Chorizo Pasta Bake - ThermoFun Club Members 2015
100g Ravioli Passata
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