Grana Padano Cheese

July 14, 2011

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I received cheese in the mail, a sample of Grana Padano. I’m a very, very lucky girl.

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Doesn’t this beauty just break your heart? I’m not sure there’s anything more gorgeous than a hunk of fine cheese.

And Grana Padano is especially good, Italian cheese- apparently one of the most popular in Italy. As the name suggests, the texture is slightly grainy and crumbly, reminiscent of a good parmigiana-reggiano. The flavors are nutty, sweet and a bit salty. It pairs perfectly with pasta and other Italian foods.

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I tested it out with Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Pea Pesto Linguine (amazing recipe!). For me, this dish really sung with Grana Padano hitting all the right notes.

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Please forgive my corny jokes. Coming off vacation, it has been a long week.

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{ 7 comments }

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 15, 2011 at 6:21 am

Love your photos, you have me craving pasta before breakfast!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

Thanks, Lauren! :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 15, 2011 at 2:01 am

Free cheese?! Lucky you!

I’m a huge fan of anything Smitten Kitchen. I still want to try her homemade goldfish crackers!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

So do I!

LauraJayne July 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I need to receive samples of cheese in the mail… I think that would pretty much make my week! It looks delicious!

Aparna E. July 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love how rustic a big hunk of cheese looks. I’ve never heard of this kind of cheese, but if it’s like parm-regg, I’ll probably love it. Then again, I haven’t met a cheese I didn’t like ;)

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