Grana Padano is one of the most popular cheeses of Italy. The name comes from the noun grana, which refers to the distinctively grainy texture of the cheese. Though similar to Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano is inexpensive because areas producing the cheese are bigger. Grana is less crumbly, milder and less complex than Parmigiano Reggiano.
Asparagus Gratinato with Grana Padano
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
1/4 cup Grana Padano cheese, grated
1 Tbs Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they’re thick, peel them. Place the asparagus in shallow-sided casserole dish, in single layer and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, cheese and bread crumbs. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.