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Parmigiano-Reggiano Substitute?

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CWY Feb 11, 2014 06:24 PM

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. lamb_da_calculus Feb 11, 2014 06:35 PM

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

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      PotatoPuff Feb 12, 2014 09:35 PM

      Where can you find gruyere?

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      avitrek Feb 11, 2014 09:01 PM

      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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        DeisCane Feb 12, 2014 01:50 AM

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

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        ferret Feb 12, 2014 06:13 AM

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

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          CWY Feb 12, 2014 03:04 PM

          Thanks.

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          bcc Feb 12, 2014 07:49 AM

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

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            DeisCane Feb 13, 2014 02:04 AM

            Ground almonds with nutritional yeast is a good vegan sub.

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              CloggieGirl Feb 13, 2014 07:27 AM

              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.

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                CWY Feb 13, 2014 09:14 AM

                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.

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                  DeisCane Feb 13, 2014 09:36 AM

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

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