The level of your salad, entrée, or dessert is just as good as the ingredients that go into it. From farm to table restaurants, all organic chefs, to farms which concentrate all their energy on creating flavor, one thing is certain- an ingredient can make the difference. With all the options out there, chefs and normal home cooks alike are still learning about the versatility of various ingredients. Below are some ideas for your next dinner party that use aged balsamic vinegar.
Balsamic vinegar can be used to create some fantastic salad dressings or marinades. For example:
This recipe can be used for a wonderful dressing to a salad with arugula or mixed greens as well as can be utilised as a marinade when roasting a tenderloin or other type of meat in the oven. The dressing table is easy to make and full of complex flavors and a rich creaminess from the Dijon. You can also take the vinegar and simply combine it with olive oil and some Italian spices or premade flavor packs to create a very simple and quick salad dressing when time is short.
Caprese Salad: A Caprese salad is created with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil leaves, with the balsamic sprinkled over it. This is a classic and easy dish to make which can be served as an appetizer, salad, or an entrée. All the elements balance each other out and the flavors melt together.
Balsamic vinegar is a very versatile ingredient which can be used to elevate many dishes. It adds a tangy and sometimes hot punch to many dishes and particularly adds acidity. This acidity is of huge benefit to cooked vegetables and meats.
Pork loin- Balsamic roasted pork loin is a great dish which yields a moist and zesty meat that’s obviously tenderized by the ingredients.
Chicken breasts- a fast and effortless way to create delicious and flavorful chicken is to marinade it with the balsamic and bake it in the over. For chicken sandwiches, you can bake the breasts and give them a last sear on the grill for that fire roasted flavor.
Salmon- a fork tender fish fillet is easily flavored within its own juices using a mixture like the salad dressing mentioned above.
For a delicious yet savory dessert, a tangy juxtaposition of flavors can be created by mixing the tang of vinegar with sweet creamy cheeses and fruits.
You may try balsamic vinegar with figs, strawberries, peaches, and use parmigiano reggiano cheese to make a savory yet sweet parfait.
Strawberries with the vinegar add to its color and increase their sweet flavor. Pair it with vanilla ice cream or serve it on angel food cake or pound cake.