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Parmigiano 'Gelato'

Parmigiano 'Gelato' 2.000

Renee Comet for The Washington Post; styling by Bonnie S. Benwick

Jul 11, 2014

This super-easy appetizer gets its name not because it's frozen or sweet but because its consistency resembles that of gelato, especially when you scoop and stir it.

Good-quality Parmigiano-Reggiano gives it a nutty, satisfyingly salty flavor that makes it a conversation starter at any gathering. Once you see how simple it is to make for such a spectacular result, it will become part of your party repertoire.

Make Ahead: The gelato needs to firm up in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. It can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

2 cups

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Tested size: 2 cups

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Toasted bread slices, for serving
  • Highest-quality aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling


Pour the cream into a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat; bring it just to a boil, then turn off the heat and gradually whisk in the cheese.

Over low heat, continue whisking until the cheese is completely incorporated, less than a minute. Whisk in the nutmeg.

Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl; cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 to 2 hours or up to overnight.

To serve, warm a spoon by running it under hot water, then use it to scoop the gelato onto toasts. Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on each portion.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe of Osteria Morini, in Manhattan and the District.

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 2-tablespoon serving: 90

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 30mg 10%

Sodium: 140mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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