How To: Using Balsamic
There are so many uses of balsamic, it's seriously incredible. The combo of sweet and tangy marries so well with various dishes and cooking techniques. Look at it as a condiment or seasoning, there is no recipe necessary! The first thing that comes to your mind is salad dressing, and YES our traditional and flavored balsamic make some of the most amazing vinaigrettes you will ever have the pleasure to enjoy! But trying using your favorite flavors for much more...
Before this vinegar is deemed balsamic it must go through a long and loving aging process similar to wine. That's what creates this magnificent product, like all things- time and the love of good quality crafting!
Balsamic in Cooking
Keep in mind that balsamic, whether plain or flavored, is like a condiment or seasoning. A recipe is not needed, just an idea. You can't go wrong with a splash of it here and a drizzle there...
on roasted veggies or proteins after cooking. Like a splash of maple balsamic on sweet potatoes or honey lace ginger balsamic on carrots
berry infused balsamic on your YOGURT or ICE CREAM for a splash of flavor (combine with a citrus olive oil for extra points!)
combine with a plain or flavored olive oil in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio for amazing marinades. It'll blow your socks off!
- DRINK MIXER/SYRUP
many of our white or dark balsamic pack such a punch they work well as a natural flavor syrup in lemonade, tea, sparking water or soda and mixed drinks. Just add a splash to your drink and give it a swirl.
For example: Lavender balsamic in lemonade, strawberry balsamic in tea, jalapeno balsamic in a Mexican Mule, cherry balsamic in sprite or sparking water.
Fold you favorite balsamic in whipped cream or mascarpone to create a sensational MOUSSE for topping your ice cream, cakes, waffles, coffee, and much more!
- DRESSING or VINAIGRETTE
for green salads, fruit salads, pasta, quinoa, farro, and bean salads. Almost any salad can be tossed with a nice mix of balsamic with or without a good olive oil.
create a simple pan sauce by adding chicken stock or wine and balsamic to your hot saute pan and allowing it reduce, similar to this glazed carrot recipe.
- DIPS or SPREADS
mixing oil and balsamic is a wonderful dip for bread or fresh spring rolls. It's perfect to mix into sour cream, mayo, or greek yogurt to use as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. Imagine a mayo or yogurt mixed with fig balsamic smothered over a lamb burger or a strawberry balsamic spread across a turkey sandwich!
simple allow your choice of veggies to hang around in a mix of pickling vinegar and Pour Olive's select flavored balsamics to create a healthy and simple snack. Like carrots with honey laced ginger balsamic or beets and serrano honey vinegar. Delicious!