Do you ever reach the end of a long day and just need to throw back a shot of vinegar?
That’s right, VINEGAR.
Not just any vinegar, though. I’m talking rich, smooth Italian-imported balsamic vinegar. The kind of vinegar you hoard for special occasions. The kind you can only get from Cordell’s.
Cordell’s is a specialty foods shop here in town that offers an array of imported olive oils and vinegars along with coffee and teas and chocolate and happiness. My favorite part of visiting is getting to sample all of Cordell’s balsamic vinegars! It’s really more of a foodie’s playground than a store:
Mmm! So many tart flavors to enjoy. If you’re not so much into tart flavors you can sample all sorts of amazing olive oils, as well. (The Persian Lime will knock your socks off!) Either way, it’s hard to decide what to get. After a recent visit and much sampling, I walked away with their newest flavor: Pomegranate Quince.
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Aside from throwing back straight shots of the stuff, here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy my favorite condiment (or what I like to call “Food Jewelry”):
Pies & Cobblers
Cook’s Note: Balsamic vinegars and oils of this quality are best used in small quantities. You need only a little bit to achieve a boost of flavor. Drizzle responsibly. 🙂
For pies and cobblers, prepare your fruit as usual but toss in 1/2-1 teaspoon vinegar to brighten up the flavors of the fruit (Pomegranate-Quince or Raspberry is a lovely choice).
Roasted Vegetables & Salads
What’s better than roasted asparagus? Roasted asparagus with a sprinkling of Fig Balsamic Vinegar!
Serving a salad? Cordell’s balsamic vinegars and olive oils also make the most delicious vinaigrettes. For a list of tasty pairings, click here!
Take grilled peaches or pineapple to the next level with a drizzle of Blackberry Ginger or even Dark Chocolate balsamic.
For a simple-yet-special fruit salad, toss chopped fruit with sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of Pomegranate vinegar.
Prefer fruit toppings on your ice cream or waffles? Mash up a cup of berries, stir in 1/4th cup sugar and 1/4th teaspoon of Strawberry or Raspberry vinegar, and allow flavors to meld for 15 minutes before using.
Is anyone else getting hungry?
This grilled pizza looks delicious…and naked. It could use a schprinkling of Traditional Dark Balsamic:
Ditto for this grilled chicken:
And this pot roast!:
I love a fizzy, sparkling drink on a hot day and those hot days are just around the corner. Greet your guests with a shot of this citrus refresher and see if they can decipher the secret ingredient!
To make this refresher you will need:
- 3 Tablespoons chilled lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons ultra-fine sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar (I used Pomegranate-Quince but any fruity flavor will work)
- 1 cup chilled club soda or fizzy water
Whisk the juice, sugar and vinegar together in a measuring cup until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a glass or amongst 4-5 tall shot glasses and top with the soda. Serve immediately.
I’m sure I could keep going on the possibilities of Cordell’s balsamic vinegar, but I’ll stop and have dinner instead. 🙂
What’s your favorite way to enjoy balsamic vinegar?