I love me some pie. But, what I do I love even more than pie? A really good cheese. It just so happened to work out that I was working on a pie recipe just about the same time that Whole Foods Market invited me out to try some of their delicious Parmigiano Reggiano. I joined many people across the United States in joining Whole Foods Markets in celebrating Parmigiano Reggiano, the “king of cheese,” with a “crack heard around the world.” Each store simultaneously cracked individual 85-pound wheels using traditional methods. The crew from my store even juggled the cheese!
So, I had to incorporate some of that cheesy goodness in my latest pie creation. I think the Pig, Pear, & Parm Pie is Positively Perfect.
To celebrate the goodness that is Parmigiano Reggiano I am excited to be giving away a Whole Foods Market Gift Card worth $75!
Read on below for more information on Parmigiano Reggiano and to enter to win a $75 Whole Foods Market Gift Card.
More About Parmigiano Reggiano from Whole Foods Market:
· Parmigiano Reggiano at Whole Foods Market is always aged 24 months (this is the best age in terms of flavor and texture – it cannot be called Parmigiano Reggiano until it is aged at least 12 months but WFM goes the extra mile and ages it an additional year).
· With a documented history dating back almost 1,000 years, only cheese made in one area of Northern Italy – Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and portions of Bologna and Mantua – can bear the Parmigiano Reggiano name.
· Our cheese buyers travel to Italy each year to hand select the wheels to be sold at Whole Foods Market.
· Each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano is 85 pounds and requires special knives for cheesemongers to “crack” it open.
· Parmigiano Reggiano flavor profile is toasted, salty and nutty with subtle crystal-like texture.
· Real Parmigiano Reggiano is known for its studded rind. Learn how to read the numbers on the rind here.
· Whole Foods Market holds the Guinness World Records® title for the largest number of wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano simultaneously cracked – 426!
Enter to Win a Whole Foods Market Gift Card:
There just isn’t anything quite like the salty combination of Parm cheese with the sweetness of pears. Well, that is, until you add ham. Sweet, savory, and seriously good– this pie is full of alliteration.
Check out my tips for baking the perfect pie crust before jumping into making this crust.
We chose to serve our pie with mixed greens with an apple cider vinaigrette and mimosas at brunch. How would you serve your Pig, Pear, and Parm Pie?