Parmigiano Reggiano Gelato

Today I want to share with you a recipe that may sound unusual, but it is one of the best appetisers I have eaten in a looong time: gelato made with Parmigiano Reggiano!  It is very easy to make, yet it is very fancy… it is one of those dishes that I love serving at a dinner party, you know, one of those dishes with the “wow factor”!  I know it sounds a bit crazy, but it tastes like a cold mousse, just with an ice cream consistency.  It is delicious on its own, but if you want to make it perfect, serve it with some thinly sliced pear, Balsamic vinegar and pain brioche.  It is meant to be an appetiser, but I think it also makes a very interesting “end-of-meal/dessert” dish!  It is up to you!  Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Mangiare Bene

300 gms – 10.5 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
500 ml – 2 cups heavy cream
1 pinch pepper

Put the cream, pepper and finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano in a pot.  Mix well and cook in a double boiler while whisking it with an electric mixer.  It is ready when the cheese is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and fluffy.  Chill it for 1 or 2 hours.

Churn in your ice cream maker for 10 to 15 minutes (it is going to freeze much faster than a normal ice cream).  If you do not have an ice cream maker, put it in an air tight container and freeze it.  Make sure to mix it regularly to break the ice crystals.

Serve immediately with pears, Balsamic vinegar and pain brioche.

Parmigiano Reggiano Gelato


Parmigiano Reggiano Gelato

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  1. Parsley Sage says:

    …you just blew my mind. This is an INCREDIBLE dish :) You make me want to throw a fancy party just so I can make it. Fabulous, darling!

  2. Hi Manu! How have yo been? =)

    Now that sounds strange, but I learned early that strange food ideas can be really addictive. Great Idea to pair it with brioche, pears and balsamic vinegar. Wish u a lovely Sunday or whats left of it.

  3. An ice cream made with parmigiano, sound crazy..!!! that you know, bit why not, looks so fancy in a dinner, yes, you are right, it’s a “wow”…

  4. You are right, this is an unusual ice cream but as an appetizer, I can see it working.

  5. mjskit says:

    Another one of those recipes that you just have to make to see what it tastes like. The texture also has me a bit befumbled. :) In a strange way, it sounds really, really good! I mean it’s CHEESE – it’s got to be good!

  6. Very, very chic! And I want to know how you made that lovely decoration with the balsamic vinegar???

  7. Penny Wolf says:

    The idea of this “gelato” is first recorded in a cookbook by Hannah Glasse in the 1700′s. The recipe is different but everything old is new again!

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