4 Parmesan Cheese Recipes that Make Your Dreams Come True

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When you think of grated parmesan cheese, your mind probably goes immediately to pasta toppings. While certainly no bowl of pasta is complete without a sprinkle of the salty cheese, there is no reason to limit your imagination to the Italian noodle dish. Grated parmesan is a magical ingredient that can give any meal a cheesy, umami punch. The cheese also crisps up really well, making it ideal for mixing with breadcrumbs to make the ultimate crispy crust. Check out this four savory recipes that will make all of your cheesy dreams come true. Jalapeño Artichoke Dip   This rich, creamy dip has layers of flavor from the earthy artichoke hearts, spicy jalapeños, and nutty parmesan. The flavors of this dish deepen over time, making it a great option to make the night before a party. Adjust the amount of jalapeños to suit your spice preference. 2 cans plain artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 jalapeño, roasted and diced 2 cups mayonnaise 2 cups grated parmesan cheese, divided 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp hot sauce Sea salt Fresh cracked black pepper Preheat oven to 450˚. Combine artichoke hearts, jalapeño, mayonnaise, half of the parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and hot sauce in a large mixing bowl. Season with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Spread mixture into a 9x9 baking dish and sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Bake until golden brown and bubbly. Serve the dip with chips or baguette slices.

Parmesan Crisps

This great low-carb snack is a winner for its simplicity. It has just one ingredient: cheese, cheese, and more cheese. These crispy snacks are great on their own, with dips, or as a fancy looking garnish for a variety of other dishes. Use cookie cutters as molds to make crisps in the shape you desire. Be sure to grease your baking sheet thoroughly to avoid sticking. 2 cups grated parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Grease a baking sheet well with vegetable oil or line with a silicone mat or baking parchment. Place a cookie cutter on the baking sheet and sprinkle 2 tbsp inside. Use your fingers to pat the cheese flat before lifting up the cookie cutter and repeating until all parmesan is used up. Bake 5-7 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Allow to cool completely before removing the crisps from the baking sheet.

Ultimate Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

These garlic parmesan mashed potatoes are the ultimate in creamy comfort food. Made with buttery Yukon Gold potatoes, this is the perfect side dish to pair with any roasted or grilled meat or seafood. Leftovers work really well shaped into patties and fried as a breakfast side. 2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes 2 cups grated parmesan, divided 1/2 stick butter plus 2 tbsp 1/2 cup sour cream 1 egg 6 cloves garlic, finely minced 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley Sea salt Fresh cracked black pepper 1 cup panko breadcrumbs Quarter potatoes and boil until tender with the skins on. Drain and return to pot. Add 1 cup parmesan, 1/2 stick butter, egg, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 tbsp of parsley and mash until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat broiler on high. In a small bowl, combine remaining parmesan, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Spread mashed potatoes into an oven safe dish and sprinkle breadcrumb mixture. Dot the top of the dish with the remaining two tablespoons of butter and broil until golden brown.

Broccoli Palermo

This delicious veggie side dish blows basic broccoli out of the water. Simple to prepare and full of flavor, it makes a tasty and healthy accompaniment to pretty much any main course. The key to this dish is getting the texture right. The florets should be only partially steamed or microwaved to make the only slightly more tender before sautéing. Adding the parmesan to the hot pan at the end of cooking results in crispy little bits that coat the broccoli making for a mind-blowing flavor and texture combination. 2 heads broccoli, par-steamed or microwaved 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp sea salt 2 tbsp grated parmesan 1 lemon, quartered In a 10-inch pan, saute olives oil , garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt over medium heat until garlic begins to brown slightly. Add partially cooked broccoli and cook 2 minutes more. Sprinkle with parmesan and cook for an additional minute or until parmesan browns slightly. Squeeze lemon over the top to taste. Parmesan is a great staple to have on hand because the aged cheese keeps for a long time and a little sprinkle packs a lot of flavor. The above four recipes offer a different take on the traditional pasta topping. Whip them up today for a cheesy meal, snack, or side that is sure to satisfy.