1 cup heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano*
aged balsamic vinegar
Raisin bread or crusty French bread*
pear or apple slices
spicy greens, such as arugula
Bring cream, garlic, and nutmeg to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, watching constantly. Remove garlic from the cream. Add cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until all the cheese is incorporated.
Continue stirring until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, pour into a shallow, heat-resistant dish and cool to room temperature. Cover dish and refrigerate until cheese stiffens.
Scoop portions of “gelato” with an ice cream scoop onto 6 salad plates. Garnish with your choice of accompaniments listed above. Drip a few drops of aged balsamic vinegar over the “gelato” and serve.