I am doing bread in a jar for a gift basket. It calls for Parmesan cheese(beer bread) what can i use for replacement if i have no Parmesan cheese. Is it necessary to add this ingredient?

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    Would you mind sharing the recipe with us? And are we talking about "dry ingredients that the recipient will mix & bake"? Please edit your questions with details. Then, while you wait for answers, I suggest you take the tour and browse our help center to learn more about the site. Welcome to Seasoned Advice!
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:17
  • related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/63953/67 ; cooking.stackexchange.com/q/37311/67
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 19:37
  • yes its all dry mix. flour , corn meal, baking soda & powder, brown sugar, crushed red pepper and minced onion. . I found recipe at budget101.com. thanks for the suggestions.
    – Laurie
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 21:40
  • I know the title of the other question says "cheaper" but it lists a ton of substitutes of different price classes, and you are unlikely to find a more expensive substitute anyway, so it is our canonical parmesan substitute question.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 22:48

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Any hard cheese will/should do.

Something like Pecorino Romano, Asiago or Manchego or dried Monterey Jack can be substituted quite easily.

Heck (heresy) Get some Kraft Parmesan (yes, the cheap stuff in a box).

Other cheeses like Cheddar will melt and change the property of the bread (IMO).

  • Did you see my comment? Not all substitutions will work for a dry mix - in fact, the "sawdust" might be the only one that can survive at room temperature... Once OP has clarified, I'll probably upvote.
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:27
  • no biggie, did not see your comment in time.
    – Max
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 18:29
  • nutritional yeast is also shelf-stable. I suspect it would work, but I've not played with it enough to know how it behaves in breads.
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 19:38
  • @Stephie - Would the recipe tell us anything new? Very hard cheeses like the ones Max listed are fine at room temperature- if they get too warm the fat melts a bit but otherwise they'll stay good for months. Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 19:56
  • @Sobachatina yes, it would. But even more so if we knew whether we are talking about a dry mix or sth. baked in a jar. In the latter case, there might be more substitutions possible.
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 19:59

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