Grana Padano is aged from 9 to over 24 months and you can buy it in three distinct ages, depending on what you're looking for. You don't have to travel to Italy to get it either. It can be purchased at leading retailers across the country, including Central Market, Trader Joe's, Kings, Balducci's, Bristol Farms, Lunds & Byerlys, Costco and Eataly, as well as online at dipaloselects.com, murraycheese.com, and igourmet.com. One of the things I love about it is that it is very versatile; you can eat it on its own or you can use it in your favorite recipes. After tasting a delicious dish using Grana Padano at The SoBeWFF prepared by Chefs Fabrizio and Nicola Carro from Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, I decided to try my hand at one myself. So, I am going to bring you a taste of Italy (from my kitchen in Miami) using Grana Padano and I hope you like it. If you decide to try it yourself at home, I'd love to hear how it went in the comment section below. Buon Apetito!
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4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put the zucchinis, tomatoes and eggplant chunks into a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil. Season and toss together to coat.
3. Cut a pocket into each chicken breast and fill each one with a teaspoon of pesto sauce, about 3 basil leaves, 1 garlic clove, and a quarter of the grated Grana Padano Cheese.
5. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is done. (Time may vary depending on the oven). Check that the chicken is thoroughly cooked by piercing the thickest part with a sharp knife- the juices should run clear.
If you're not a poultry fan, you could also use skinless cod loin or sea bass fillets. Spread them with pesto and top with basil leaves and grated Grana Padano before wrapping them in the prosciutto. Reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes. Enjoy!