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Grana Padano – the world’s hottest DOP cheese, is ideal for last-minute entertaining

Grana Padano, initially made by monks 900 years in the past, is a naturally lactose-free cheese made with partially skimmed milk. The European Union assigned Grana Padano particular DOP standing “Deonominazione di Origine Protetta” (Designation of Origin) and is produced solely in designated geographical areas of northern Italy, utilizing particular uncooked supplies and methods, and following vigorous step-by-step procedures.

Preserve a wedge within the fridge and lower small chunks to serve on a wood carving board at any time when visitors drop by. Serve it with contemporary or dried fruit and nuts or traditional accompaniments like dense, naturally candy aceto balsamico or mostarda – candied fruit in mustard oil syrup.

For an distinctive tasty and weird appetizer, pair Grana Padano with chocolate! Like effective wine, chocolate has an amazingly advanced style profile, with a whole lot of distinct nuanced aromas and flavors. It sounds odds, however when you style it you’ll see that’s one other good Italian meals pairing. Serve Grana Padano with small bowls of melted chocolate – set out toothpicks and plates and visitors may also help themselves. Or add melted or finely chopped chocolate to berries and serve with Grana Padano Crisps (see recipe beneath).

For a simple-to-make appetizer, create pasta nests – little bundles of Grana Padano-flecked angel hair strands, baked to type pleasant one-bite nibbles. Although wonderful plain, there are limitless methods to fill these chewy, crunchy morsels: with prosciutto, pesto, tomatoes, salami, caponata, or thinly shaved Grana Padano cheese.

Pasta Nests                                   


Serves 6, makes 24 items

  • Olive Oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Grana Padano DOP
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/Four pound skinny spaghetti
  • Salt
  • 1/Four cup filling equivalent to pesto, prosciutto or thinly shaved Grana Padano cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Calmly oil 24 mini muffin cups.

Mix the eggs, grated Grana Padano cheese and butter in a bowl.

Cook dinner the pasta in salted boiling water till al dente and drain. Toss with the egg combination till properly mixed and virtually all absorbed. Utilizing a fork, twirl a couple of strands right into a nest form and press firmly right into a ready muffin cup. Repeat to fill all of the muffin cups. Drizzle any remaining egg combination on high of the nests.

Bake till set, about 12 minutes. Serve them plain or crammed with one thing yummy.

Berries with Chocolate and Grana Padano Crisps


Serves 4

Scrumptious as a nibble with cocktails or as a primary course salad. It’s additionally fantastic for dessert!

  • 1 cup finely grated Grana Padano DOP cheese
  • 1 pint every of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries
  • Aceto balsamico
  • Darkish chocolate, melted
  • Child herbs, non-obligatory

Warmth a non-stick skillet over medium warmth. Working in batches, sprinkle the Grana Padano in a skinny layer in circles about 2 inches in diameter within the skillet.

Cook dinner till mild golden brown, about three minutes. With a spatula, rigorously slide the cheese spherical out of the pan and onto a serving plate.

Repeat the method till you’ve completed all of the cheese. Reserve.

Divide the berries amongst Four serving bowls. Drizzle with aceto balsamico and chocolate and should you like, garnish with herbs. High every bowl with 1 or 2 Grana Padano crisps.


Written and contributed by Francine Segan

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