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Feb 11, 2014 06:24 PM

Parmigiano-Reggiano Substitute?

Obviously, there's nothing a good as the real thing, which hasn't been available in a kosher version for some time. I was wondering people use as a substitute.

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  1. I don't know anything about what is and isn't kosher, but gruyere tastes fairly similar to me.

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    1. The Cheese Guy's Parm is ok. It's not as good as the old Italian real deal, but it's passable and better than Miller's.

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      1. re: avitrek

        We've been using grana padano, both brands which are readily available here in London and it's a fine substitute.

      2. As DeisCane noted you should be able to find a certified grana padano.

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        1. For vegan guests we use miso. The taste is completely different, but the umami is there.

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          1. re: bcc

            Ground almonds with nutritional yeast is a good vegan sub.

            1. re: DeisCane

              Seconding the nutritional yeast. I know the name sound unappetizing, but that stuff is great. If you're making food for someone who can't have almonds or want to cut out a step, it is still great on its own.

              1. re: CloggieGirl

                To clarify - I'm not looking for vegan alternatives to cheese, I'm just curious if there are any other cheeses that come anywhere close to real Parmigiano-Reggiano.

                1. re: CWY

                  Yeah, I got ya, CWY. I was just replying to bcc. Go with the grana padano.