Grand Padano with Blue Cheese undertones?
- angelo04 Jan 17, 2011 04:34 AM
Last night my wife made Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner. She used grated Grand Padano, not a far stretch from Parmigiano-Reggiano. And it was already grated. We both couldn't help but notice a strong blue cheese taste, more like a Gorgonzola. Has this ever happened too you? I guess this cheese wasn't so fresh when it was grated or maybe it was beginning too turn. Any ideas?
re: C. Hamster
We use Grana Padano regularly on dishes that don't need the robust quality of the more expensive, Parmigiano Reggiano. A suggestion, always buy any cheese by the piece and grate it at service. COSTCO in my area has a very good Grana Padano by the piece as well as also a Parmigiano Reggiano that is good.
I have discovered grana pandano only this last year, getting it at Costco when it runs out of Parmesan, I have never noticed a blue cheese smell or aged smell. Perhaps it was indeed going bad.
Better luck next time!
Good Grana Padano shouldn't remind you of a blue cheese. Resist the temptation to buy pregrated cheese for the sake of convenience and do as ospreycove recommends. Buy a whole piece and grate only as much as you need. Even if a pregrated cheese hasn't gone bad, the flavor of freshly grated cheese will always be vastly superior.