For those Gentle Readers who have been reading with one eye, you may open both, Fig Week has ended. If you’re lactose intolerant, I apologize again, but this post will be a quick one. The Whole Foods, in their infinite wisdom, put out a sample of Sartori Balsamic Bellavitano, and Team Practical Cook said “yes, please.”
So taking The Practical Cooks Junior to the Whole Foods at snack time is the equivalent of unleashing Homer Simpson on a buffet. I have to own that. We often end up buying something to cover up the extreme and somewhat professional grazing by my budding foodistas. And, just as often, the sample doesn’t live up to the hype. Not this time.
Though I’m sure this cheese would pair well with wine, it has pretty much been eaten as fast as it has been cubed. It is salty and fairly firm, almost crumbly, like Parmesan, with a slightly sweet rind, that hints of good balsamic vinegar. It is a palate-cleansing cheese, and goes well with sliced apples or pears.
I would eat this at the end of a meal, not as an appetizer. It’s a closer, complete and complex. Seriously, go try to find this cheese and see what you think. A few cubes is all it takes. I had to sample it while taking pictures of it. And that is why samples are so effective.
Do you graze in the grocery store? Ever had this cheese? Comments are welcome. There’s a whole space for them. Go ahead, don’t be shy.
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