Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Peaches and pears with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano

I have quite often heard from foodies and TV chefs that Grana Padano is the poor man's Parmesan. But in fact this hard Italian cheese is great in its own right. My Italian mother-in-law always has a block of grana in the fridge for pasta and risotto. It might be less nutty or salty than Parmigiano, but it works beautifully in many Italian dishes or served as part of a platter.
For a light dinner or lunch serve this lovely selection of fruit, cheese and prosciutto. A glass of wine wouldn't go amiss too.

Peaches and pears with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese
Pesche e pere con Prosciutto di San Daniele e Grana Padano

Serves 4

6 Peaches, sliced
6 Pears, halved and core removed
200g Prosciutto di San Daniele, thinly sliced
150g Grana Padano Cheese
Good-quality runny honey

Cut each slice of Prosciutto di San Daniele into three equal parts
Alternate a slice of peach and a piece of prosciutto, placing them on the side of a serving plate
Cut and fan the pears and place on the opposite side of the plate
Crumble the Grana Padano Cheese over the pear, and drizzle the honey over it before serving.

For more information and suggestions on how to enjoy Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese, including recipes from the renowned chef, Giancarlo Caldesi, visit
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Prosciutto di San Daniele is available in Tesco, Partridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Selfridges. For more information about Prosciutto di San Daniele, please visit: ""

Grana Padano Cheese is available in Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, as well as various independent delis. For more information about Grana Padano Cheese, please visit: ""

This recipe was created by Giancarlo Caldesi to promote Italian Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products.

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