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 through my partnership with Milk Means More, 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!
The dairy products used in this Prosciutto & Pear Sandwich with Herbed Parmesan Mayo were produced by members of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. For more information on UDIM and to find out why Milk Means More, please visit their website and connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
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.
Disclosure: As a Milk Means More Ambassador, this post was sponsored by The United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries … lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.