Balsamic Vinegar is made from fermented wine grapes barrel-aged for years and years which creates a well balanced, rich, tasty vinegar. A vinegar so versatile it can be utilised in everything from snacks, appetizers, main dishes, side dishes.... and desserts! We are sharing four of our favorite, maybe not so typical ways to enjoy balsamic.
BALSAMIC, PROSCIUTTO, & PECORINO WATERMELON
Watermelon is at its peak freshness through the summer time and we can't get sufficient this year. This dish is perfect for anyone who craves a great sweet and salty combo. Watermelon is often enjoyed with cheeses such as feta and goat cheese.
We chose this idea, put an Italian twist on it, and the outcome just might top the original inspiration. This recipe is perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or small snack. Make the watermelon bites into skewers, or plate as a salad and enjoy.
1/4 Average Size Watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 ounce wedge Pecorino Toscano, cut into thin 1 inch pieces
3 oz Volpi Prosciutto, cut into 1 inch pieces
Balsamic Vinegar (to taste)
Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)
Arrange cubed watermelon on a large plate. Top with a piece of Pecorino Toscano and Volpi Prosciutto. Finish with fresh ground pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. If you choose to serve as a saladleave as is. If you choose to make as an appetizer, protected with a wooden appetizer skewer.
Recipe makes 40-50 skewers
This recipe is as simple as it sounds! Balsamic Gelato enhances the balsamic into a sweetness not usually experienced in typical balsamic recipes.
For this recipe, we are using a simple vanilla gelato, but a balsamic drizzle goes great on chocolate, hazelnut, and chocolate chip as well. Topped with fresh fruit, this dessert is sophisticated and refreshing.
3 litres of favorite gelato or ice cream
Balsamic Vinegar (to taste)
Fresh Fruit (optional)
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BALSAMIC TO ENJOY OVER GELATO!
Rasberry Balsamic Vinegar
Apple Balsamic Vinegar
Scoop gelato of selection to a bowl. Top with fresh fruit such as strawberries, peaches, or rasberries. Finish off with a drizzle of balsamic and enjoy!
TOMATO BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
We couldn't get through a whole balsamic article without supplying a new balsamic vinaigrette. Tomato Balsamic has an invigorating sweet and savory flavor. Its rich, unique flavor is best utilized in dishes complimented by the flavor of tomatoes.
1 tablespoon Ritrovo Selections Organic Tomato Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons Olio Tre Casi Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette is so simple, however it adds a new dynamic flavor to an otherwise original dressing. This vinaigrette functions on essentially everything from salads, to seafood dishes, meat and more.
Next time you go to pull on the ketchup out of the fridge, try swapping for a drizzle of this vinaigrette, you will not be disappointed!