HOW TO USE BALSAMIC

I often get asked ‘what do you do with balsamic, other than for salad’, so thought I would add a few ideas here.

  1. Raspberry Balsamic makes incredible gravy; after roasting meat, add a tablespoonful of flour to the roasting pan and scrape up all the caramalised meaty bits from the bottom.   Add a good glug of balsamic and place on a medium heat on the hob.  With a wooden spoon, create a paste from the flour balsamic and bits.  Slowly add enough wine and / or stock to create the desired gravy consistency, it should thicken as the flour cooks through.  If it does not thicken sufficiently, combine a spoonful of cornflour and mix in cold water, add this to the gravy to help thicken.
  2. Marinade meats; the cheaper cuts of red meat can benefit greatly from an overnight marinade in balsamic. The vinegar will impart a deep flavour that penetrates throughout and will tenderise the meat.  Raspberry Balsamic  pairs incredibly well with duck and venison, Roast Garlic Balsamic with lamb, and Peppercorn Balsamic with steak – however there are no rules; try all combinations.
  3. Add Roast Garlic Balsamic to soups, sauces & stews; tomato based soups & stews, benefit greatly from a dash of balsamic – add, once cooked, to enhance and bring the flavours together.
  4. Peppercorn Balsamic & tomatoes – a match made in heaven; a favorite dish of mine is to cut cherry tomatoes in half,  lightly fry on a medium heat in a small amount of oil.  When they are beginning to sizzle, add a generous glug of balsamic (I prefer peppercorn) and the fruits will soften and create a delicious sticky rich sauce.  We have it on toasted ciabatta, with a poached egg, for special breakfast.
  5. Pair with pudding: peppercorn balsamic is incredible with soft fruits, especially strawberries.  You can bring some balsamic to the boil and add some sugar, reducing the balsamic to a syrup, which can be drizzled over meringue and  ice-cream.  Try this with cocktails too (avoid the roast garlic balsamic!)
  6. Roasting vegetables; add your favourite vegetables to a bowl, add a dash of oil and a generous dash of Roast Garlic Balsamic and mix to coat the veggies. Wonderful with Mediterranean style roasted vegetables.
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HOW TO USE BALSAMIC

HOW TO USE BALSAMIC I often get asked 'what do you do with balsamic, other than for salad', so thought I would add a few ideas here. Raspberry Balsamic makes incredible gravy; after roasting meat, add a tablespoonful of flour to the roasting pan and scrape up all...

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