How to Pair These 7 Pizza Cheeses with the Perfect Meats

The folks at BelGioioso Cheese offer suggestions to create the ultimate soul-satisfying meat-cheese combinations.




 

You just can’t beat cheese and meat as the ultimate soul-satisfying combination. But pairing the right cheese with the right meat shouldn’t be a guessing game. We reached out to our friends at BelGioioso Cheese for some guidance a while back, and now it’s time for a refresher course!

 

American Grana (aged Parmesan)

Qualities: Mellow, complicated nuttiness with a clean, blossoming aftertaste
Tastes Great With: Prosciutto, Serrano ham, honey-baked ham, baked ham, salami, roasted chicken breast, roasted turkey breast, hamburgers, grilled steak, cooked sausages

 

Asiago

Qualities: Sweet, nutty, with a pronounced flavor
Tastes Great With: Prosciutto, salami, roast beef, roasted pork loin, bacon, honey-baked ham, baked ham, smoked ham, smoked chicken, smoked turkey, roasted chicken breast, roasted turkey breast, hamburgers

 

Crescenza-Stracchino

Qualities: Good melter; soft and creamy with a uniform consistency and mild, milky flavor with a hint of tartness
Tastes Great With: Coppa, capicola, grilled steak, Prosciutto, salami, Serrano ham, Black Forest ham, baked ham, smoked ham, bacon, roast beef, roasted turkey breast

 

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Fontina

Qualities: Good melter; silky texture with a sweet, buttery, slightly earthy flavor
Tastes Great With: Coppa, chorizo sausage, roasted chicken breast, roasted turkey breast, smoked chicken, smoked turkey, honey-baked ham, baked ham, Black Forest ham, smoked ham, Prosciutto, roast beef, roasted pork loin

 

Gorgonzola

Qualities: Full, earthy flavor and creamy texture
Tastes Great With: Beef tenderloin, roast beef, hamburgers, grilled steak, roasted chicken breast, roasted turkey breast, honey-baked ham, baked ham, bacon, prosciutto, Serrano ham

 

Mozzarella, Fresh

Qualities: Good melter, delicate, milky flavor
Tastes Great With: Prosciutto, Serrano ham, baked ham, Black Forest ham, smoked ham, bacon, salami, coppa, capicola, roast beef, grilled steak, roasted turkey breast

 

Provolone

Qualities: Good melter; milder full flavor (aged younger) or extra-sharp flavor (aged longer)
Tastes Great With: Salami, soppressata, coppa, capicola, mortadella, prosciutto, Serrano ham, baked ham, smoked ham, roasted chicken breast, roasted turkey breast, smoked chicken breast, smoked turkey breast, roast pork loin, hamburgers

 

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