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Italian Provolone Cheese: Facts and Recipes

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Provolone is one of Italy's most famous and sought after cheeses. It is prized for its mildly piquant to piquant flavor which adds zest to the foods it is paired with. It is made of either pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk. Pasteurized milk gives it a richer taste than unpasteurized because of the increased bacteria content in the milk.

History of Provolone Cheese

Provolone cheese has been made in Italy since Roman times. We know this because in the First Century, Lolumella, a Roman agricultural writer, wrote about making provolone. We also know that provolone flourished in the Middle Ages, and that in the 1500's large quantities of the cheese were exported from Sardinia to Rome, Naples, Barcelona and Marseilles.

Description of Provolone

This cheese is made from either pasteurized or unpasteurized milk. The provolone made with unpasteurized milk has a more mellow and richer taste than that made with pasteurized milk. This is because unpasteurized milk has a higher bacteria content. Also, when summer milk is used the cheese has a yellow appearance, but when it is made from winter milk, the cheese is white. Mild provolone has quite a smooth texture but it becomes more granular as it ages. Provolone is made into all kinds of shapes. It can be round or salami-shaped, but it is often shaped like animals, flowers, fruits or other shapes. This is because during the process of making the cheese, it becomes pliable and easy to mold. When purchased, provolone cheese usually has a wax coating that is removed before eating.

How Provolone is Made

Provolone cheese is made by first heating the milk. Then the whey is drained from the curd. The curd is then shredded and stretched into long, thin pieces that are cut and submerged in a mixture of whey and hot water. These pieces are fibrous and pliable. They are kneaded like dough into various shapesand then hung on raffia cords so all sides can cure evenly. Mild provolone is cured for two to three months, while sharp provolone is left fot anywhere from six months to two years.

Caring for Provolone

Provolone cheese will keep for anywhere from six to eight months if it is refrigerated and wrapped in plastic wrap or tin foil. The flavor will become more pronounced and richer as it ages.

How to Use Provolone Cheese

In Italy, Provolone is often used as a table cheese, served on the slateplate, to accompany other cheeses, fruit, crusty Italian bread, fresh tomatoes and a glass of full bodied wine. It is also paired with deli meats such as prosciutto or salami. In addition to these uses, provolone is an ingredient in many Italian recipes. It blends well with other foods, adding zest to many traditional Italian dishes.

Broccoli & Provolone Puff Pastry Pockets

Ingredients

? 1 cup broccoli flowerets, cut up
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? 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
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? 2/3 cup shredded mild provolone
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Directions

? Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
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? Steam the broccoli pieces until they are tender-crisp. Drain them and set aside.
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? Cut the pastry into squares. place 1/4 cup of broccoli in the center of each square. Add salt and pepper to taste and then add cheese on top.
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? Form puff pastry squares by folding each square in half diagonally, with the broccoli mixture in the center. Seal the edges with a fork.
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? Place the pastry squares on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
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Provolone & Potato Pie

Ingredients

? 2 lbs. potatoes, cooked and mashed
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? salt & pepper to taste
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? 8 oz. mild provolone cheese
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? 6 tbsp. butter
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Directions

? Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9" x 9" baking dish.
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? Place 1/2 of the mashed potatoes in the prepared pan. Press down.
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? Cover the cheese with the rest of the mashed potatoes.
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? Dot the top of the potatoes with butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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? Bake, uncovered, until browned, about 20 minutes. Serve right away.

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