5 ways to enjoy Parmigiano Reggiano at your next barbecue
Parmigiano Reggiano is certainly not just for pasta, and is definitely for all your summer barbecue recipes!
There is no denying Parmigiano Reggiano is what livens up any pasta dish. Put your hand up if you have a delicious block of this nutty, savoury number in your fridge, solely for the purpose of those delectable Italian dishes... and then hang your head in shame!
There is so much more to Parmigiano Reggiano than JUST some elegant shavings on your pasta. The versatility of this sweet yet salty and nutty cheese makes it adaptable to so many different dishes, for any type of meal you can creatively conjure up.
Produced exclusively in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna to the left of the Reno river, and Mantua to the right of the Po river, Parmigiano Reggiano is expertly crafted in the same way that it has been since the Middle Ages: naturally, and with no additives or preservatives.
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Parmigiano Reggiano is essentially still produced today as it was nearly 1,000 years ago. Only milk produced in the area of origin is used to make this universally adored cheese – as well as rennet and salt.
Throw another Parmigiano Reggiano on the barby!
With summer quickly creeping on us as we dust off our barbecues and deck chairs, why not try something a little different than your average hot dog or burger this year? Parmigiano Reggiano's unique and delicious flavour is the perfect way to upgrade some of your barbecue favourites – and here are five ways to do just that!
1. Chargrilled steak with Parmigiano Reggiano basil mayonnaise
Steak on the barbecue, need we say more? Many would say there isn't much that can top a simple chargrilled steak, (we won't get into how it's cooked as we don't want to start any fights...) but guess what? There is something better, and that's a chargrilled steak with Parmigiano Reggiano and basil mayonnaise.
This creamy, indulgent and vibrant mayonnaise will surely bring the flavours of your steak to life, with the added nuttiness and depth of Parmigiano Reggiano making it a real winner in our eyes. Go forth and treat yourself!
The classic barbecue main event, but made even better with this Parmigiano Reggiano basil mayonnaise!
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2. Mixed salad with figs and Parmigiano Reggiano
Everybody brings out a bowl of leaves at a barbecue, more so because it's kind of become a social norm rather than people actually having the intention to eat it. But simple salads don't have to be boring!
This fruity and fragrant fig and Parmigiano Reggiano side salad is so delicious, it could be a main event. The saltiness of the Parmigiano Reggiano and the sweet earthiness of the figs is just a match made in heaven. Very European, very fashionable, very much should be the salad you make at your next barbecue.
Salads don't have to be boring, and certainly won't be with this Parmigiano Reggiano and fig number!
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3. Bean, pesto and Parmigiano Reggiano burger
Often meat eaters turn their noses up at veggie burgers, seeing them as a lesser substitute to a juicy beef burger. We'll tell you now, this burger is more than just a substitute; it's an 'on the specials board' number one option.
The creaminess of the cannellini beans, the flavour punch of the pesto and that deep richness of the Parmigiano Reggiano is what makes this burger so darn delicious. Enjoyed alone, or in a brioche bun with leaves and aioli (or some more of that Parmigiano Reggiano and basil mayonnaise from your steak), try to stop yourself having a second one – we dare you!
Fresh and full of texture, these bean and Parmigiano Reggiano burgers aren't just a meat alternative, they're the main event!
4. Oregano and Parmigiano Reggiano marinated chicken skewers
Think Greek gyros, but with an Italian flavour palette. Skewers are a BBQ go to, and with this marinade, you'll be whipping out this recipe every time you light up your grill!
The greek yoghurt helps to keep the meat succulent, so when you get that lovely charred exterior, the meat still remains juicy and moist. Big flavours of lemon and oregano make these skewers super delicious, but it's the Parmigiano Reggiano that makes it completely irresistible.
Honestly, if you don't try it, you're missing out.
These nutty, fragrant and succulent chicken skewers are a perfect barbecue addition. Winner winner chicken dinner!
5. Charred asparagus with lemon and Parmigiano Reggiano butter
Is there anything more mouth watering than hot and freshly charred asparagus? We don't think so either.
Adding this simple but punchy butter of lemon, chilli and Parmigiano Reggiano to your asparagus brings huge flavour to this epic side dish, without over-powering that delicate asparagus taste.
TIP: Heat the butter in a saucepan on the barbecue to get that extra infused, smoky flavour. Belissima! *kisses fingers like a true culinary genius*
Take your barbecued asparagus to the next level with this sweet and punchy butter!