Inventive Cheese Garnish Ideas

Crisp, crumble, and shave your way to an intensely delicious finish to any dish.

A sprig of parsley, a curl of lemon rind, a bright blossom from your garden Nasturtiums—edible though they may be, these gorgeous garnishes are lacking something you’ll find in spades with these inventive cheese garnishes. So, what’s missing? Taste appeal. Add texture and flavor to ordinary dishes with crisps, crumbles, or shavings of La Bottega di BelGioioso cheese for a bold, fresh finish that will please the most discriminating foodie palates.  



Robust nutty tones meet fresh greens in the form of nuanced American Grana® crisps. Made with extra rich milk, this 24-month aged Parmesan cheese will transform lunchtime into a tasting table. To make this cheese garnish recipe, simply shred 8 oz. American Grana and form into 1Tbsp. piles on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes or until crisps are golden brown. Allow to cool and gently loosen the crisps from baking sheet. Adorn any salad with these delicate crisps—we prefer a blend of peppery arugula, toasted pecans, and succulent Red Bartlett pears. Serve your crisp-topped salad with cold Pilsner.



For a chic, luscious finish, add a sprinkle of cow and sheep’s milk Gorgonzola to a seared porterhouse. Gorgonzola’s complex, earthy aroma, and silky mouthfeel make it the 5-second finishing touch for a steakhouse-worthy cut. Sear your steak until browned on all sides in a piping hot, oven-safe pan, then transfer to the oven. Once you’ve reached your desired degree of doneness, remove your steak and let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Then, sprinkle ¼ cup of Gorgonzola over the top, and serve with greens and a sturdy Stout. This dish is deceptively luxurious—guests will never know it only required two ingredients.



Need to elevate the flavor of a basic first course? Transform the classic dinner salad into a hearty and delicious dish with generous shavings of nutty American Grana®. Once your cheese has reached room temperature, use a vegetable peeler or cheese plane to create thin, melt-in-your-mouth shavings. Build a salad from a greens blend of spinach and arugula, halved grape tomatoes, red onion, and kalamata olives. Accompany your new go-to salad with a glass of floral Pinot Noir.

These ideas are simply a roadmap, so don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path and experiment with cheese garnish recipes. Our expertly crafted line of artisanal cheeses covers the spectrums of taste and texture, from smooth and mild to granular and sharp, so you’re guaranteed to find the style of cheese to garnish any recipe at