About Provolone Cheese

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Provolone cheese is an Italian cheese with a firm texture and mild flavor. It is similar in taste and texture to mozzarella cheese. Provolone cheese comes in both affordable and gourmet aged varieties.

Features

  • Provolone cheese is typically light yellow, though smoked varieties are golden brown. It can be made from cow or buffalo milk.

Geography

  • Authentic provolone cheese is produced in the southern regions of Italy, especially in the provinces of Brescia, Piacenza and Cremona.

Types

  • There are two main types of provolone cheese: dolce and piccante. Dolce provolone is a mild version that is aged for two months, while piccante provolone is aged for up to one year and has a more intense flavor.

Preparation

  • According to the American Dairy Association, provolone cheese is often made into pear-shaped loaves and hung upside down to dry before being packaged.

Uses

  • Due to its mild, buttery flavor, provolone cheese is versatile and is often sliced and used for sandwiches, grated onto soups, pizza or salads, or melted into a sauce.

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