In the cheese world, Parmesan is always a bridesmaid, never the bride. Sad but true, this great cheese is so often an afterthought. Topped on pasta and shaken onto pizza, rarely is Parmesan the main inspiration for a recipe.
It's time Parmesan took the spotlight, and we found just the recipes to make that happen. We're not just talking about chicken Parm -- though that's always a classic way to honor this hard, Italian cheese -- but recipes that truly highlight the nutty, creamy flavors that make Parmesan so great.
We found dishes that cook up the rind to serve as a snack. Stocks that draw on Parmesan's richness for a unique flavor, crisps made out of nothing but grated Parmesan, and all kinds of other recipes that use it liberally -- the way it should be enjoyed.