Wine Pairing & Recipes
Grana Padano- new larger size !Grana Padano is a wonderful semi-fat hard cheese which is matured slowly. It may be used as a table cheese or for grating. A golden, oily rind encases a white or straw-colored fine-grained cheese with crumbly fissures radiating outwards from the center. The taste is fragrant and delicate, similar to a Reggiano Parmesan. Grate on soup, pasta or in sauces. Grana Padano is an Italian, DOP, cow’s milk cheese. Its name is derived from the Italian word “grana" which translates as “grain" to describe its hard and grainy texture, and “Padano" which refers to the “Val Padana," the cheeses origin in the Po River Valley. The cheese was originally created in the 12th Century by Cistercian monks. It is a Parmesan cheese that most closely resembles Parmigiano Reggiano in appearances and in its method of production.
What is the difference between Reggiano and Grana Padano :
- 10-12 oz wedge
- alternative to Reggiano parmigiano
RECIPE: Sausage with Savoy Cabbage and Grana Padano
Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2½ tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ pound Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly sliced 1 small onion, finely chopped ½ pound of our sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings 2 cups arborio rice ½ cup dry white wine 6 cups lower-sodium chicken broth, heated to a simmer ¼ cup freshly grated Grana Padano cheese Salt Freshly ground black pepper Instructions Heat oil and 1½ tablespoons butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add cabbage and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add sausage and stir to combine. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Add wine and 1 cup broth; cook, stirring, until liquid is mostly absorbed, about 7 minutes. Add ½ cup more broth and cook, stirring, until mostly absorbed. Repeat, adding liquid in ½ cupfuls, until rice is tender yet still slightly firm to the bite (you may not use all the broth). Stir in remaining tablespoon butter and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
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