A cheese closely related to Mozzarella, Provolone is distinguishable by its fuller flavors, achieved through the use of more cultures. Early cheesemakers originally used ropes to hang and cure Provolone, then reused the ropes to transport the cheese by horseback. Provolone comes in both smoked and unsmoked varieties.
Slightly tart when young, growing sharper with age.
GOES WELL WITH
Crackers, cured meats, tomatoes, pears, grapes, figs, nuts, and olives.
Chianti, Lager, Pale Ale, Port, Porter, Stout, and Syrah.