Montasio cheese comes from one of the smaller regions of Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia. Located in Northeastern Italy, this region borders the countries of Austria and Slovenia. Montasio cheese comes from the Italian mountains in this area; in fact, it is named after the Montasio mountain plateau. Montasio cheese was originally made by monks in the 13th century.
What does Montasio cheese taste like?
This cheese from the Italian mountains is a semi-hard cheese that has both fruity and nutty flavors. When it becomes mature, it often develops a slightly spicy taste. When it is well aged, it is often grated over meals. However, Montasio can also be used as an ingredient in other recipes such as Frico, Friuli Venezia Giulia’s signature dish. Frico almost resembles a potato pancake, only the main ingredient is Montasio cheese that has been cooked on a skillet. You can also make a sweet version with fruit.
What makes Montasio cheese special?
Other than its taste and its uses in cooking, Montasio is actually a lactose free cheese. Many people who are lactose intolerant think that they can’t eat cheese at all, but that’s not true! During the process of making Montasio, bacteria interact a certain way that rids it of lactose, making it lactose free cheese that is easy for those who are lactose intolerant to digest.