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What Can I Shave Parmesan Over?!

I've always disliked Parmesan but for some reason I'm kinda addicted to it and I bought a wedge. This is kinda new territory for me, I know you will usually shave it in salads or pasta but I'm kinda sick of salads or pastas (I work in an Italian restaurant) so I kinda want to try new combination but I know really little about this cheese.

And I only really like it shaved for some reason.

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  1. grilled or roasted asparagus?

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    1. re: MRS

      With an optional fried egg on top.

      1. re: calliope_nh

        love parm on vegetable soup or veggie/bean soup. I usually shave the cheese in advance on waxed paper set over a plate. takes a lot of restraint not to eat the cheese every time I walk into the kitchen!

        I also love shaved parm over broiled tomato halves or on balsamic roasted cippolini onions. If you scoop the tomatoes and stuff them, then shave parm over them, makes for a nice fancy-ish side dish

      2. My mouth!!

        Seriously, I love it on all the cabbage relatives, from broccoli through cauliflower to brussels sprouts, though not so much cabbage itself. I like to steam a trimmed head of cauliflower, then break it up, toss it with butter and season it well, then spread it out in a gratin dish and shave Parmesan all over it. I'll do this before cooking the rest of dinner, then give it ten minutes at 400ยบ just before serving. Same deal with steamed, halved brussels sprouts or sliced-up broccoli.

        A combination of grated Parmesan and buttered crumbs is a great topper for mac'n'cheese or scalloped potatoes, too.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            You don't like it on actual cabbage? I love parmesan on actual cabbage!!! With some balsamic vinegar- mm mm mmmm.

          2. Cook a package of those green peas that you steam in the package (these are the most like fresh). Mix them with an equal amount of cooked rice. Shave your Parmesan over this. Also, in Argentina where the cuisine is pretty Italian, grated or shaved Parmesan is routinely served with soup, especially the generic "sopa" which is a beef-based minestrone with beans and pasta.

            1. melon and prosciutto

              poached egg over a tomato/onion salad in a balsamic vinegarette with basil

              gnocchi with a mushroom walnut parsley pesto

              apple and cabbage coleslaw with sage

              roasted fennel

              1. what CAN'T you shave a good parm over is the real question here

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                  1. re: pinehurst

                    +2 I think a great parm is the most perfect food in the universe! But I'll mention risotto, and I put it on scraps of pita with olive oil and bake to make "chips" to dip in tomato sauce. And on bread, of course.

                  2. In addition to a lot of the great suggestions here, a love appetizer is a crostini with fig jam, a slice of apple and a slice of parm.

                    1. Don't forget to save the rind: You can toss it into soup or stew or sauce for a little extra flavor. (You can stash it in the freezer until you're making something appropriate.)

                      1. It's great for dessert with pears, especially for the flour-unfriendly.

                        1. Shaved over homemade toasted coconut ice cream.

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                          1. re: Duppie

                            ok now this i definitely have to try.

                            1. re: mattstolz

                              I tried manchago, and smoked edam before it really came together with the parmasan.

                          2. Boil asparagus till crisp, place a poached egg on top, add Hollaindaise sauce and shave your parm. Do the same thing with spinach cooked in butter instead of asparagus. Caesar salad. Oh, you don't want salad. Sorry. How about ceviche or carpaccio? Specially beef carpaccio is awesome. Do you have to shave it? I mean, you can cook chicken Parmesan or grate them ad use as coating for baked potato wedges. You can add them to meatball mix or burger steak. Bake a quiche. I add them to my hash brown. I also cut cherry tomatoes in halves and saute them lightly in EVO ten toss in grated parm but no salt. Goes good at breakfast. Any kind of sauteed veggie, roast potatoes, feeling for baked potato, brusccheta. And oh, don't forget to shave some on Top Ramen or just a can baked beans before popping in microwave.

                            1. I made spicy fried chicken thighs over a creamy sweet pea risotto with shaved parmigiano.
                              It was fantastic!

                                1. Try some breaking off some small chunks of parm, then drizzle with a really sweet balsamic vinegar, cover with a coarse grind of black pepper, and serve with some kind of fruit (berries, firm pears, apples) and toasted walnuts.