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STEPHANIE ZONIS focuses on good foods and the people who produce them. KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.



September 2007
Updated November 2008

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Cheese-Butter-Yogurt

Grating Cheese: It’s Great To Grate

Page 8: Cheese Tasting Party


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Have A Cheese Tasting Party

iGourmet Grating Cheeses
If you can’t find the cheeses locally, you can get excellent-quality varieties from They’ll also send lovely gift packages to your favorite Italian cook.

Perhaps the best way to determine which of the four cheeses to use is to conduct a tasting. You may want to organize a tasting party, and assign different people dishes or wines to bring to taste with the cheeses.

  • Buy a quarter pound* each of Asiago, Grana Padano, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino Romano from a good cheese store or e-tailer.
    *Amount will vary based on the number of tasters.
  • Grate a little of each cheese and cut a few small chunks of each.
  • Taste the cheeses plain, both chunked and grated. Clear your palate between tastes with water and plain Italian bread or a baguette (don’t use flavorful breads—they just add more flavors when you’re trying to clear your palate).
  • Then, taste each with the same food. If you’re having a party, you can make all of these dishes:
    — Caesar salad
    — Minestrone or other soup
    — Pasta with olive oil or butter
    — Pasta with marinara, tomato basil or other simple tomato sauce
    — Your favorite complex pasta dish
    — Risotto
    — Cheese plate with honey, aged balsamic vinegar, strawberries or other seasonal fruit
    — Italian wines (Barbaresco, Barbera, Barolo, Chianti, etc.)

Be sure to keep notes: Amid the festivities, you may not remember what cheese you felt paired best with what food. And then you’ll have to have another tasting party to be sure!




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