Taleggio is multi-faceted: its slightly salty rind, its rich buttery creamy interior, and its yeasty flavour notes. Pair with a tart, crisp apple to contrast the rich, creaminess. Or lean into its earthiness with mushrooms, and even some cured meats.
Recipe ideas for what you can make with Taleggio:
Toastie or Omelette -Take your toastie or omelette next level with some generous slices of oozy ripe Taleggio. You won’t regret it.
Risotto - Add chunks of Taleggio to your bowl before topping with your finished risotto for a buried cheesy treasure.
Potato, caramelised onion, Taleggio, rosemary pizza - Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil across your pizza base. Layer some thinly-sliced potato, caramelised onion & sprinkle with rosemary tips. Add some mozzarella and Taleggio before baking for 8-10 mins in a hot oven until lightly browned.
Stuffed baked potato - Scoop out the flesh of a baked potato (or even a sweet potato). Mash with some cubes of Taleggio, herbs such as thyme, a little butter, season well. Stuff the mixture back into the jacket and bake for 15-20 min until golden. Add a crisp salad and lunch is ready.
Pasta al forno - Literally meaning ‘to the oven.’ Par-cook some large pasta shells (conchiglioni) and combine with a basic béchamel sauce into which you have stirred your Taleggio and some blanched vegetables (cauliflower florets, savoy cabbage, spinach, green beans – your choice) or even mini pork meatballs. Top with breadcrumbs and grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Bake for 20-30 until crisp and golden on top.
Is Taleggio supposed to be that colour?
Taleggio cheeses are stacked in wooden pine boxes then washed (duh!) and brushed several times over a one month period, slowly developing a thin bloom flecked with grey yeasts and blue Penicillium mould on its distinctive terracotta-coloured rind. Its tell-tale rind is thanks to the presence of Brevibacterium linens, a bacteria that also naturally occur on human skin.
What should I drink with Taleggio?
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Yeasty Blonde Beer
A last but not important note, best store your Taleggio separately to other cheeses as it tends to have a bossy aroma.
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