What is "stinky cheese"?
January 22, 2013 12:55 PM Subscribe
Help me find the name of this hard, pungent Italian cheese.
posted by Thin Lizzy to food & drink (20 answers total)
Growing up, my grandmother always had a container of grated cheese to put on pasta and soups. It was powdery and off-white like store-bought parmesan but she got it at the Italian grocery store. In fact, it's the very first smell that hits you in almost any Italian deli. No one in my family can seem to remember what kind of cheese it was because we all just called it "stinky cheese". The only way that I can really describe the smell is "vaguely puke-like but in a good way", which I know sounds insane.
It was definitely not any kind of parmesan or parmesan romano. In Italy I tasted it in a few dishes and it was pecorino, but I haven't been able to find any pecorino in Los Angeles that has even approached the proper level of stink. Is there a particular type of pecorino I should be looking at? Does it have to be imported? Might it have been something else entirely?
My amatriciana is riding on this.