Sunday Dinner

Salsa di Parmigiano

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The flavors of Thanksgiving food are wondrous.  I can hardly get enough of those classic flavors at Thanksgiving dinner and all throughout the following week.  Sometimes, though, the taste buds need a little shakeup during the endless parade of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, etc.   This spread has just the right mojo to do the job.  The flavor is a welcome departure, an ethnic oasis in a sea of classic American eats.    

Since this dish is all about the cheese, buy the best cheese you can.  Good aged Parmigiano-Reggiano and Asiago cheeses can be found in many supermarkets nowadays.  You can adjust the heat from the red pepper flakes according to your own taste.   Whether it is eaten before dinner on Thanksgiving Day as an appetizer or used for a shot of variety on the weekend of leftovers,  this Salsa di Parmigiano packs massive flavor. And if there are any leftovers, this "salsa" puts a spin on a rather ordinary sandwich. It is delicious tossed with your favorite pasta for a quick weeknight dinner or simply spread on a ripe tomato.

Salsa di Parmigiano
makes 2 cups

8 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, broken into 1-inch chunks
8 ounces Asiago cheese, broken into 1-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 Tablespoons chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cheeses, garlic and red pepper flakes and pulse to break the cheese into small pieces.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and pulse again.  Add the basil, green onions, black pepper, and olive oil and pulse to combine.  Transfer the salsa to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.  Bring to room temperature before serving.  Serve with crackers or crostini.  Any leftovers can be tossed with pasta, used in a sandwich, or spooned over sliced tomatoes.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from napastyle.com


  1. Wow, what an awesome appetizer. I've never seen anything like this before, but I instantly wanted to try it as soon as I saw the pictures and read through that ingredient list. Lovely!

  2. Carrie-
    It is an incredible bowl full of flavors! I hope you try it. We just finished it for our appetizer spooned onto crostini and my husband told me to put it away or he would spoil his appetite for dinner:)

  3. I've never heard of any salsa like this one! Wow, sounds fantastic and very unique!

  4. I am not sure how many of your recipes I have bookmarked in the last two weeks!

    A local grocery store makes this and it is amazing. I am so excited to have the recipe now.


  5. Kel-
    I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do. Tonights dinner was leftovers in a panini-- yum!


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