2 party-starting snacks using Grana Padano

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2 party-starting snacks using Grana Padano

Cheese just makes everything taste so much better. A few shavings or a grated mountain of Grana Padano cheese can transform any recipe into a mouthwatering dish. Whether you’re hosting or craving something cheesy, make sure you have a wedge of Grana Padano to amp things up.

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When choosing iconic Italian cheeses, don’t forget to mention Grana Padano. It has been handcrafted in Italy for almost 1 000 years and has Protected Designation of Origin status to prove it. With a meticulous production process of 9–15 months and a distinct flavour, it’s no wonder five million wheels are produced each year. This hard cheese has a crystalline, crumbly texture and mild, delicate flavour, making it perfect on its own, served thinly sliced on bread, or grated over your favourite meals. But why just stop at meals? Elevate ordinary snacks with a healthy grating of Grana Padano to take things to the next level. Here’s how:

1. Crispy polenta fries

Perfect polenta fries, air-fried or baked until crispy on the outside and tender and creamy inside, flavoured with heaps of Grana Padano and served with a punchy sour cream dressing. The best, slightly addictive, appetiser, snack or side dish to accompany just about any meal!

Get the recipe for crispy polenta fries here. 

2. Grana Padano crackers

These home-made crackers need just 6 simple ingredients: grated Grana Padano cheese, butter, water, black pepper, flour and salt. We love to double the recipe to make a bigger batch to keep on hand when we’re craving something cheesy. If you’re hosting, serve the crackers with salty ribbons of Parma ham, extra shavings of Grana Padano (you can never have enough) and a drizzle of honey to sweeten the deal. No elaborate cheeseboard needed.

Get the recipe for Grana Padano crackers here. 

Photography: Shavan Rahim
Videography: Romy Wilson
Recipes: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistant: Cheri Kustner

Find more cheese recipes here. 

With its crystalline, crumbly texture and mild, delicate flavour, it’s no mystery why Grana Padano is so popular. Its consistently excellent quality is due to each wheel being examined at nine months by an impartial technician from the official Consortium of Grana Padano. Only after this does a wheel of Grana Padano receive its iconic firebrand – your guarantee of authenticity and exceptional flavour. 

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