Balsamic Vinegar is made from fermented wine grapes barrel-aged for years and years that creates a well balanced, rich, tasty vinegar.
A vinegar so versatile that it can be utilized in everything from snacks, appetizers, main dishes, side dishes.... and desserts! We are sharing four of our favorite, 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 like feta and goat cheese.
We chose this idea, place an Italian twist on it, and the outcome just may top the original inspiration. This recipe is perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or little snack. Make the watermelon bites into skewers, or plate as a salad and revel in.
1/4 Average Size Watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 ounce wedge Pecorino Toscano, cut into thin 1 inch slices
3 oz Volpi Prosciutto, cut into 1 inch pieces
Balsamic Vinegar (to taste)
Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)
Arrange cubed watermelon onto 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 decide to serve as a salad, leave as is. If you decide to make as an appetizer, protected with a wooden appetizer skewer.
Recipe makes 40-50 skewers
This recipe is as straightforward 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, however, a balsamic drizzle works great on chocolate, hazelnut, and chocolate chip as well. Topped with fresh fruit, this dessert is sophisticated and refreshing.
3 scoops 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 into 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 could not get through a whole balsamic article without providing a new balsamic vinaigrette. Tomato Balsamic has an invigorating sweet and savory flavor. Its rich, unique flavor is best used in dishes complimented by the flavor of tomatoes.
1 tablespoon Tomato Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons 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 dressingtable. This vinaigrette functions on essentially everything from salads, to seafood dishes, meat and more.
The 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!