Update 12/2/2013 – I’m thrilled to announce that this recipe won FIRST PRIZE in the Montasio cheese category! Many thanks to Legends from Europe for sponsoring this contest!
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Legends From Europe and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time and all opinions expressed are my own.
I have a new favorite cheese, thanks to the folks at Legends From Europe, who invited me to participate in their Market Basket contest. Legends from Europe is a three year campaign in the US to increase awareness of five Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products from Italy, and to celebrate their quality, tradition, and taste.
I love everything Italian, especially Italy, so I was very familiar with four out of five of their products: the amazing cured hams- Prosciutto di Parma and Proscuitto di San Daniele, and world renowned cheeses Parmigiano Reggiano, and Grana Padano. I was, however, a little bit worried about the cheese I was assigned to work with, Montasio, because I had never heard or it, and to make matters worse, the cheese department at Whole Foods hadn’t heard of it either. Thank heavens for Wegman’s for introducing me to this cheese, because it is absolutely delightful!
Montasio is a hard cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano, but it has a much more mild, mellow flavor, almost a bit sweet and spicy at the same time. It’s delicious all by itself, with a glass of wine and some fruit, and I found that it complements foods with a bit of sweetness in them, like the onions in this tart.
Have you ever tasted Montasio? Ciao!