Whenever I’m out to eat with a friend who mentions a lactose intolerance, my first thought is basically OMG NO CHEEEEEEESE HOW DO YOU STAND IT NO NO NO NO NO NO. Yeah, it’s a little dramatic, but guys, I need cheese. There’s a lot of foods I could live without (I’m looking at you, kiwi), but cheese is a pretty non-negotiable ingredient in my fridge. And not even the oooey, gooey kinds. I mainly like the hard, sharp kinds like Parmesan where a little bit goes a long way to add huge flavor to a dish.
February is National Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month, and I’ll be bringing you two recipes that showcase how dairy can still fit into a well-rounded meal plan, even for those who have issues digesting milk sugar. And you know what? That Parmesan cheese I love so much? Many people with lactose intolerance can enjoy it too. In fact, most aged cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano are well tolerated because the lactose is naturally eliminated during the cheese-making process.
Let’s celebrate this good news by offering our lactose-free friends an awesome sandwich, shall we? This Prosciutto & Pear Sandwich with Herbed Parmesan Mayo is exactly as it sounds. Everything you need to know is right there in the title. Cured meat. Juicy fruit. Zesty, cheesy spread. + Pumpernickel bread. Combine. Eat. Enjoy!
Psst – if you have extra rosemary (you will!) – try out something new with my lemon and bourbon sour rosemary cocktail.
For the Herbed Parmesan Mayo:
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
For the Prosciutto & Pear Sandwiches:
- 4 slices pumpernickel bread
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- Make the Herbed Parmesan Mayo: In small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, cheese, thyme, pepper and rosemary.
- Make the Prosciutto & Pear Sandwiches: Layer prosciutto and pears onto two slices of bread. Spread Herbed Parmesan Mayo onto remaining two slices of bread and use those slices to top sandwiches.
Home Chef Tip: Don't want your pear slices to brown as quickly? Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small bowl and add 1/4 cup of cold water. As you slice the pear, dip each slice quickly into the lemon solution, then lightly pat dry on a paper towel.
More yummy pear recipes:
- Really Good Thanksgiving Salad – if you haven’t tried pears in salad, this is the salad to start with!
- Farro & Kale Salad – a whole-grain lunch with delicious flavors.
- Perfect Pear Strudel – breakfast or dessert? You decide!
- Caramel Pear Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Ginger Pear Muffins from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen