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a type of firm Italian cow's or sheep's milk cheese with a smoky flavor, like Provolone


Caciocavallo cheese is shaped like a teardrop.

Word Origin

Ital. for "cheese on horseback" from the custom of draping two cheeses over a pole to dry

Usage Note

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  • The cheeses are treated while curing the same as caciocavallo.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • Not made of mare's milk, but the nickname for caciocavallo because of the horse's head used to trademark the first edition of it.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • The Calabrians make good sheep cheese, such as this and caciocavallo.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown

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