Platter of Asiago

Asiago derives its name from a small town in northern Italy. In Italy, asiago usually means asiago fresco (fresh), which has a mild flavor and semi-hard texture. In Wisconsin, cheesemakers age asiago to develop sharper flavors, similar to a blend of aged cheddar and parmesan flavors. This aging also changes the texture of the cheese from elastic and firm to hard and granular.

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Appearance

Pale yellow

Texture

Fresh: elastic, firm Medium: firm Aged: hard, granular

Flavor

Fresh: Clean, mild Medium: More intense Aged: Buttery, nutty; similar to parmesan

Serve.


Grate asiago over lavosh, focaccia and other flat bread dough and bake as usual. Grate over salads, soups, vegetables, pasta and pizza. Try topping seafood with grated asiago, then broil. Aged asiago makes a wonderful dessert cheese when served as is with walnuts and dried apricots.

Pair.


Beer: Ciders & Fruit Beers, Stout, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Weiss Beer, Brown Ale, Belgian Ale
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Red Zinfandel, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais, Pinot Gris, Syrah/Shiraz, Sake - Medium Dry, Rioja Red, Malbec
Spirit: Scotch, Rye Whiskey

Cook.

How should you prep your cheese for best incorporation in your dish?
  Cold Surface Broil Oven-Recipe Oven-Surface Direct Heat
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Grated iconGrated

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Performance Notes - For easier cutting, bring hard cheeses to room temperature. Score the wax and rind with a paring knife before cutting. Use a hand wire or double-handled cheese knife to cut bulk asiago into wedges. Traditionally, the color of the wax on asiago indicates flavor: clear or white suggests mild; brown suggests medium; and black suggests aged.

Recipes with Asiago


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