Squacquerone: The Hidden Gem Of Cheese

June 30 2022 – That's Amore Cheese

Squacquerone: The Hidden Gem Of Cheese

Squacquerone: The Hidden Gem Of Cheese

Squacquerone is a soft cheese made from cow's milk and has a very short maturation time. It is a fresh, wobbly rindless cheese with milky and tangy notes. The name squacquerone is derived from 'squacquerato' which in some Italian dialects translates to 'almost liquid' due to its high water content. 

Where did squacquerone originate? 

The first mention of this cheese dates back to 1800, in the letter sent by Cardinal Bellisomi, bishop of Cesena, to the general vicar of the diocese, in which he asked for an update on his delivery of squacquerone coming from Romagna.
Originally it was only made and eaten in winter, due to the extreme delicacy and perishability of the product but is now a cheese that is produced year round.

 How is squacquerone made?

Like most cheese, only a few key ingredients are needed to make this underrate yet delicious cheese: pasteurised cow's milk, rennet, starter culture and salt. The pasteurised cheese is heated and then curdled with rennet. The curds will sit under the whey for over an hour and then eventually removed, moulded and salted. The cheese then needs to mature in the fridge for 4 days before it can be eaten. 

What is the best way to eat and use squacquerone?

In Emilia Romagna, the most common way to eat squacquerone is inside a piadine - a flatbread from the same region that you can fill with your favourite ingredients, but of course that is not the only way! You can also use squacquerone in pizza, focaccia, toast, cannelloni and even desserts.

We have put together some squacquerone toast ideas:



 Planning a trip to Italy? 

Emilia Romagna is one of the best regions in Italy for food. If you're after a culinary trip to Italy, you might want to start here with their tortilla, lasagne, fresh pasta and so much more.
Be sure to make a stop in Bologna with its beautiful Piazza Maggiore; Ravenna to see the world capital of mosaics, Rimini if you're looking for some fun entertainment or Parma for delicacies such as Parmiggiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma.