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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Italian Cheeses

Here is a list of some great Italian cheeses:

Do you know any Italian Cheeses? If not you do now. Here is a short list of some common Italian Cheese you will enjoy. Stop by a gourmet supermarket and get some free samples so you can experience the flavors and then have your own wine and cheese party!

My top 11 list:

  1. Fresh Mozzarella
  2. Mascarpone
  3. Fontina Val d`Aosta
  4. Ricotta Salata
  5. Asiago
  6. Gorgonzola
  7. Frana Padano
  8. Pecorino Romano
  9. Provolone
  10. Parmigiano~Reggiano
  11. Taleggio

A favorite of mine that I use in cooking almost on a daily basis is Parmigiano~Reggiano. There is nothing like the taste of fresh graded Parmigiano. I occasionally do use the stuff in the green can. They have improved it over the last few years. It is a convenient stand by and makes your g much easier when you need to be quick. To make sure you get a "good" Parmigiano~Reggiano. Look at the end of the wedge of the cut cheese. Stamped pressed on the end of the wedge it should say Parmigiano~Reggiano.

Quick & Easy Pasta Recipe (Tomato, Basil Pasta with Parmigiano)

  • Parmigiano~Reggiano is great shredded over hot pasta with fresh tomato's, fresh basil, grated garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Mix all your ingredients together in a large pasta bowl and pour the hot drained pasta on top. Toss the pasta, tomato's and basil.
  • The heat from the pasta will release all the flavors.
  • Add a little more pasta water if needed so it isn't too dry. Top with Shredded Parmigiano~Reggiano.

When displaying a Italian Cheese board for you party you should always have at least three different cheeses. Let the cheese sit at room temperature for about a half an hour before serving. You will find the flavors are much better.

Serve your Italian Cheese on your cheese board with red and green grapes, apple wedges, pears, cut figs drizzled with honey.


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