4 ways to amp up veggies using Grana Padano

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4 ways to amp up veggies using Grana Padano

Cheese just makes everything taste so much better. A few shavings or grated mountain of Grana Padano cheese can transform the most boring veggies into mouthwatering dishes. Whether you’re hosting or looking for a failsafe midweek recipe, make sure you have a wedge of Grana Padano to amp things up.

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Grana Padano might be best known for pairing with pasta, but this cheese is no one-trick pony. This iconic cheese has been handcrafted in Italy for almost 1 000 years and has even been given a Protected Designation of Origin status. With a 9–15-month-long meticulous production process and distinct flavour, it’s no wonder 5 million wheels are produced each year. Grana Padano has salty and nutty flavours. This flavour profile makes it easy to enjoy it on its own, in a vinaigrette, or added to soups and bakes. Here are 4 veggie recipes to turn to when you’re not sure what to make with Grana Padano:

1. Mushroom carpaccio

For a different take on classic beef carpaccio, swap beef for mixed mushrooms. The earthy flavour of raw, marinated mushrooms pairs well with salty Grana Padano while the hazelnut carpaccio adds herbiness and acidity to the dish. If you’re looking for a starter to impress, this is it!

Mushroom carpaccioGet the recipe for mushroom carpaccio here. 

2. Split pea soup

Shavings of Grana Padano can take soups to the next level! Keep your Grana Padano rinds to add to soups and broths. There’s less salt to be added, making the recipes easier to balance. This is a great recipe when you’re on a tight budget but don’t want to resort to bland and boring meals.

Split pea soupGet the recipe for split pea soup here. 

3. Asparagus gratin

Why stop at potatoes? Baking seasonal veg in a creamy cheese sauce is always a good idea. This a great way to explore a new method of serving vegetables – and it’s utterly irresistible.

Get the recipe for asparagus gratin here.

4. Warm artichoke dip

Thinking of gathering a few friends during the Rugby World Cup? You can never go wrong with chips and dip. This warm artichoke dip is creamy, cheesy and comes together in under 40 minutes. If you want an even creamier dip, swap mayo for cream cheese.

Get the recipe for warm artichoke dip here. 

With its crystal-like, 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. 

Learn more about Grana Padano here. 

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