“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheese „
Having been married to an Italian for over 17 years I make a lot of Italian food that involve the use of parmesan. I usually use a block of hard parmesan cheese which I put on the table and people can grate their own for dishes like spaghetti bolognaise but for cooking when you need a larger quantity I find this already finely grated parmesan a great time saver.
Parmesan cheese is Italian cheese made with unpasteurised milk and has a very distinctive taste and pungent aroma.
This Tesco's grated Italian parmesan comes in 100g tubs which do not reseal so you need cover it with cling film once open and once opened it needs to be consumed within 5 days of opening so you need to make sure you can use it all before then. However I have kept it a lot longer than that and it has always been ok but still better stick to what it says on the tub. The packaging is now slightly different to the dooyoo picture at the top
I use it in soups or for sprinkling on Pizza before I put them into the oven to give the topping a more cheesy taste. If I do have some leftover I make delicious bread balls with them which all the family adore and are simple to make.
For the bread balls you need
4 slices of bread put through the blender to make breadcrumbs
Or readymade breadcrumbs
I clove garlic thinly sliced
The left over parmesan cheese about 30g is a good amount
A little salt and pepper
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix together with hands until combined, take a small amount of the mixture and make small balls with it until all the mixture is used up, flatten slightly to allow for easier frying.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan then fry on medium heat turning until golden brown on both sides. Serve with some salad or on their own, the kids will love them too.
Tesco Italian grated Parmesan cheese is available from Tesco in 100g tubs for £1.80 per tub and contains 390 calories 28.4g of fat and 20.8g Saturates, pretty heavy on the calories and fat content but that is for the whole tub and a little goes a long way.
In my opinion a Spaghetti Bolognese isn't complete without a generous helping of fresh Parmesan Cheese sprinkled on top. Of course, you can use Cheddar to serve the same purpose, but it doesn't have the delightfully rich flavour, and is a bit too creamy in nature to go with the mince.
Found in the chiller section at your local supermarket, Tesco's Italian Grated Parmesan comes in either a 100g tub (as shown in the picture), or a smaller 50g bag. The tub costs £1.12, and the bag retails at 81p.
The taste is very pleasing indeed - not quite as nice as some of the pricier Parmesan's I have tried in the past - but it's by no means a bad effort. The cheese is aged for a full twenty-four months in order to achieve a smooth and mature flavour, and the result is a flavorsome and rich taste.
If you're not keen on buying pre-grated cheese, then Tesco's un-grated block (or technically 'triangle') of Parmesan is a very nice tasting alternative - although it's basically exactly the same stuff, I always find it tastes better and slightly more mature in this form.
Parmesan is a very versatile cheese, and doesn't have to be used only as a topping for your pasta - I like making Parmesan Crisps which are really tasty and fairly easy to make. All you have to do is place a heaped dessert spoon of parmesan in a frying pan on a very low light, and smooth it down so it's about the size of a regular potato crisp. When the cheese is melted, firstly let the pan cool down, and then flip it over (you can't flip it over whilst warm, or you'll end up with a gooey mess). Finally, fry the reverse side for a couple of minutes, and Hey Presto! you're done - delicious.
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Tesco's Italian Grated Parmesan is a tasty cheese which can be used in a variety of ways. The fact that it's pre-grated makes it very handy (not that grating cheese takes that long), and the resealable plastic container keeps everything nice and fresh - recommended, although I would generally prefer to buy the ungrated version.
Nutritional Info Per 100g
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Saturated Fat: 20.8g
Tesco Grated Parmesan Cheese is pictured here on Dooyoo in a little tub, but it actually also comes in a packet. The tub size is £1.42 for 100g, and the packet is 75p for 50g. They keep chopping and changing the price of this though, so don't be surprised if you suddenly find it's completely different when you go looking for this next week. A few weeks ago it was £1.18 (I think) and before that it was 80p a packet.
This product is well worth buying when it's reasonably price though, and at the current prices I think it's excellent value for money. This is a really strong and pungent cheese, and though it's expensive for small quantities, you only need tiny amounts to get the full benefits of the flavour.
I especially love using this on pasta, as it gives my spaghetti bolognaise a really distinctly cheesey flavour, without me having to add too many calories to my dish. If I used cheddar cheese on spaghetti, I wind up having to drown it. When I use this parmesan cheese, I only use a sprinkling and yet it gives me the same strength of flavour as a handful of cheddar does.
The quality of this parmesan is pretty good I think. It's all very finely grated, so it's great for adding straight to dishes as a finishing touch, with no signs of any unsiqhtly clumps.
The only downside I've come across, apart from the changing price tag, is that the packet does not fold over and is not resealable. So once opened, it has to be sellotaped down or put in an airtight container before it goes back in the fridge. Other than that, this is top stuff.