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June Pairing: Grana Padano + Mike’s Hot Honey + Peach Preserves

Summer is the time to enjoy yourself—break out the bright colors, have that extra piña colada, and go over-the-top with your cheese pairings. To ring in the season, we’re pairing Ambrosi Millennials’ salty, crystalline Grana Padano with Mike’s Hot Honey, and sweetening the deal with whiskey-spiked peach preserves.

Grana Padano, Parmigiano-Reggiano’s slightly more free-wheeling cousin, is a native of Italy’s Po River Valley, and gets its name from its grainy texture. This is a result of cutting the cow’s milk curds to the size of rice grains, which are then pressed, cooked, and aged for up to two years. Grana Padano carries a DOP designation (Italy’s version of a Protected Designation of Origin), and regulations state that wheels may not be aged for less than nine months. That’s a long time to wait for cheese!

Ambrosi’s Grana Padano is perfect for grating over pasta, shaving onto salads, or boiling into soup to lend a salty, umami layer. It’s slightly milder than Parmigiano-Reggiano, which means it can satisfy your snacking needs, too. This cheese is part of Ambrosi’s Millennials line, which features color-coded labels that denote cheese style. Grana Padano sits in the royal blue Hard Cheese family, so as long as it’s the only blue label in your basket, you’ve got that category covered. 

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