An Italian blue-veined cheese that has been adopted by a few American cheesemakers. Gorgonzola is a cows’ milk cheese made from pasteurized milk. It has two distinct styles, based on the length of aging.
A young Gorgonzola may be called Gorgonzola dolce. It is creamy (sometimes so creamy it is best eaten with a spoon), with greenish-blue veins and a relatively mild but spicy “blue” flavor. Longer-aged Gorgonzola is firmer, spicier, and stronger-flavored.
Gorgonzola pairs well with cured hams, such as prosciutto, salami, and with fruits, such as grapes, or pears.