Grana Padano The best parmesan cheese I've ever tasted. Even if you don't like parmesan (it's "stinky"), give it a try. A little pricier, but well worth it. Sweet, nutty, moist, and not "stinky" at all!

Grana Padano The best parmesan cheese I've ever tasted. Even if you don't like parmesan (it's "stinky"), give it a try. A little pricier, but well worth it. Sweet, nutty, moist, and not "stinky" at all!

Everyone’s an expert when it comes to this sublime amalgam of pasta, cheese, and black pepper. Some cooks prefer to simply toss hot pasta with Pecorino Romano in the age-old way. Others like to create a creamy pan sauce, relying primarily on Grana Padano, which, unlike Pecorino, melts beautifully. We’re in the latter camp (and we up the ante by adding the brightness of lemon), but that means technique is all-important.

Everyone’s an expert when it comes to this sublime amalgam of pasta, cheese, and black pepper. Some cooks prefer to simply toss hot pasta with Pecorino Romano in the age-old way. Others like to create a creamy pan sauce, relying primarily on Grana Padano, which, unlike Pecorino, melts beautifully. We’re in the latter camp (and we up the ante by adding the brightness of lemon), but that means technique is all-important.

Lavender and Lovage | Rustic Tuscan Bean Casserole with Grana Padano Cheese Croutons | http://www.lavenderandlovage.com

Lavender and Lovage | Rustic Tuscan Bean Casserole with Grana Padano Cheese Croutons | http://www.lavenderandlovage.com

Cacio e Pepe. A Roman dish with grana padano cheese and black pepper. [Homemade]

Cacio e Pepe. A Roman dish with grana padano cheese and black pepper. [Homemade]

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Though grana padano and parmigiano reggiano are produced in a similar way, there are differences between them that go beyond price. Generally, reggiano is more expensive because it is aged longer - typically three years or more but, for some great wheels, more than a decade. Both cheeses use a combination of evening and morning milk. For grana padano, both milk batches are skimmed. For reggiano, the evening milk is allowed to separate, skimmed the next day and added to the full-cream morning…

Though grana padano and parmigiano reggiano are produced in a similar way, there are differences between them that go beyond price. Generally, reggiano is more expensive because it is aged longer - typically three years or more but, for some great wheels, more than a decade. Both cheeses use a combination of evening and morning milk. For grana padano, both milk batches are skimmed. For reggiano, the evening milk is allowed to separate, skimmed the next day and added to the full-cream morning…

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