Any cheese lover will enjoy this fine selection of cheeses from the experts at Pastacheese. This sampler includes Pecorino Toscano with Black Peppercorns, Cacio di Bosco al Tartufo, Fontina Val d'Aosta, Provolone, and a Cheeseboard with Cheese Knife. Average cheese sample is 6 -9 oz.
Pecorino Toscano with Black Peppercorns
This Italian cheese, with whole black peppercorns, is made from sheep's milk and aged a minimum of 5 months. It tends to be drier, dense, and firm, with increasingly assertive flavors and more crumbly texture developing over time. At best, this cheese becomes crystalline, nutty, and satisfyingly toothsome, with flavors ranging from gamey to smoky to sweet. It’s best for finishing dishes, adding a nuanced salty-fatty flavor to your meals.
Cacio di Bosco al Tartufo
Cacio di Bosco al Tartufo is one of the finest Tuscan pecorino made from both sheep's and cow's milk and has tiny specks dark truffles scattered throughout its friable pate. The taste is a beautiful balance of the sweet, nutty, nearly caramelized pasteurized sheep's milk against the strong aroma of truffle. The balance of flavor is pleasant, delivering a slightly sour, truffle endowed earthy profile. It has a firm, smooth, and oily texture which makes it versatile enough to grate over pizza, pastas and risottos.
Fontina Val d'Aosta
Fontina Val d'Aosta is traditionally made from unpasteurized milk of the Valdaostan Red Spotted cows grazing on the plains of Aosta Valley. The texture and flavor of Fontina depends on how long it has been aged. The texture can vary from semi-soft to firm and the flavors from mild and rich to more robust and overpowering. Usually, fontina is aged for 90 days and has a natural rind that turns tan to orange-brown after this time. This versatile cheese can be used to make fondues, and similar Italian dishes. Nebbiolo, a red wine with wild cherry and truffles is a match for Fontina.
Auricchio Provolone cheese is made from the kneading and stretching of cow's milk curd. This is the authentic imported-from-Italy version, aged for 12 months and offering a sharp, spicy flavor that tickles the tongue. It is excellent as part of an antipasto course, paired with olives and red wine. Provolone is one of the most popular table cheeses and is excellent in salads and antipasto.
Cheeseboard w/ Cheese Knife
This cheeseboard bears the pastacheese logo and comes with a handy cheese knife for all your cheese cutting needs.
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