Pecorino Romano in place of Parmesan?

(7 Posts)
Cakedoesntjudge Mon 27-Jun-16 17:46:26

Hi all, please forgive what it probably a stupid question - I'm not a big cheese person so know barely anything about cheese!

I'm cooking carbonara from scratch for tea, I will hold my hands up and admit I usually just buy a ready made sauce blush but my brother made some fresh the other day and it was beautiful so wanted to recreate it.

He grated what I presume was fresh Parmesan however I couldn't find any when I was shopping earlier so I got Pecorino Romano purely because it looked the same shape can I substitute Parmesan for that or will it taste weird?

Thanks in advance!

purpleporpoise Mon 27-Jun-16 17:47:44

I can't tell the difference so go ahead. I think it's a designated origin thing. I'll happily be corrected though

SpunBodgeSquarepants Mon 27-Jun-16 17:48:34

I do it all the time, mainly because pecorino is a bit cheaper than proper Parmesan! It's just as nice

OurBlanche Mon 27-Jun-16 17:48:53

No, it will absolutely, definitely taste fine.

We buy either, depending on how we feel. They do taste different, but both are good grated over or in a sauce.

You may decide that a lump of either should become a fridge staple (as opposed to a magnet smile)

OurBlanche Mon 27-Jun-16 17:51:56

Oh, Parmesan is made from cow's milk, whereas Pecorino is made from ewe's milk. Pecorino has more tanginess compared to the nutty flavor of Parmesan.

Or so we tell ourselves when pontificating smile

Cakedoesntjudge Mon 27-Jun-16 19:52:16

Thank you ladies!! I went ahead and it tasted different but still lovely!

Didn't manage to persuade ds to eat it though - swear he thinks all home cooked food is poisonous to him hmm

OurBlanche Tue 28-Jun-16 08:15:01

How old is he?

Can he help make meals? Choose ingredients?

Start with pizza smile

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