To truly be called Parmesan, this cheese must have originated in one of a few limited provinces in Italy, including both Parma and Reggio: hence Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
This hard cheese, which is aged for a year, is a carefully regulated product. Of course, the attention to detail is worth it. When shaved or shredded off the block, Parmesan cheese is a crumbly, salty delight. Here at Southern Living we know that Parmesan cheese has an incredible number of uses. We love the salty, nutty taste it adds in to Creamy Parmesan Grits. Another of our favorites—Eggplant Parmesan with Feta—would be impossible without its namesake.
This cheese is perfect in mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, and savory cornbread. It also makes a side dish like Parmesan Corn Pudding a mouthwatering delight. So take the time to locate some true, direct-from-the-source Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. It is probably available at your local supermarket. Once you've grated some over your favorite pasta, or baked it into some muffins, you'll want the bite of its distinctive salty flavor and aroma every time.