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Balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is an Italian vinegar traditionally made in Modena, a region in Emilia Romagna. It is usually dark brown and has a thick, syrupy texture. It improves with ageing and the very best balsamic vinegars are aged for 25 years or more, at which point they are often very sweet and have a complex taste more akin to a desert wine. Some Italian restaurants will even serve a small glass of balsamic vinegar with certain desserts, most often fresh strawberries.

Many grape varieties can be used to create balsamic vinegar but the Trebbiano grape is the most common. White grapes and their juices are boiled down until they become a thick syrup. The syrup is then placed in a wooden barrel to age, the best vinegars are left for up to 25 years to mature. The more commercial process involves just a few months maturing in a steel barrel.

Balsamic vinegar has a reputation for being very expensive and the very best vinegars are phenomenally expensive (as much as $300 for a 250ml bottle). Supermarkets now stock much cheaper balsamic vinegars and they bare little resemblance to the expensive versions. The most expensive vinegars taste like a fine wine or liqueur.

'Real' balsamic vinegar only comes from two sources - Modena (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena) and Regfio Emilia (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale de Reggio Emilia).

Balsamic vinegar is used in everything from salad dressings to a background flavour in stews to a simple dressing for meat and fish. Generally speaking, the younger vinegars will be used in Italy for salad dressings while the better, older vinegars will be used as simple dressings for meat and fish. Vinegars between five and ten years old are often used to add extra flavors to pasta dishes or meat stews.

Balsamic vinegar established a reputation as a ‘trendy’ ingredient in the 1980s and many chefs are over-eager to drizzle their dishes with low grade balsamic vinegar.

Another good way to enjoy top quality balsamic vinegar is with the best quality parmesan.

Relevant Recipes for Balsamic vinegar

Recipe Names

  1. Arugula & Parmigiano-Reggiano Salad w Balsamic Vinegar
  2. Balsamic Vinegar Chicken With Almond Peppers
  3. Braised Chicken With Onions, Garlic, And Balsamic Vinegar
  4. Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Vinegar
  5. Carrots And Green Onions In Balsamic Vinegar
  6. Charred Red Onion And Balsamic Vinegar White Beans
  7. Chicken Sauteed With Balsamic Vinegar
  8. Chicken With Balsamic Vinegar
  9. Chicken With Rosemary, Pancetta And Balsamic Vinegar
  10. Duck Breast With Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  11. Fresh Pears With Parmigiano-Reggiano And Balsamic Vinegar
  12. Green Beans With Shallots And Balsamic Vinegar
  13. Grilled Bruschetta With Pimento, Balsamic Vinegar And Oil
  14. Grilled Eggplant With Fresh Mint And Balsamic Vinegar
  15. Grilled Leg Of Lamb With Tarragon And Balsamic Vinegar
  16. Grilled Red Onions With Balsamic Vinegar
  17. Grilled Red Onions With Balsamic Vinegar And Rosemary
  18. Herbed Rice With Currants In Olive Oil And Balsamic Vinegar
  19. Lamb With Balsamic Vinegar - {Agnello All'Aceto Balsamico}
  20. Lobio Tkemali (Red Beans W/Tamarind And Balsamic Vinegar)
  21. Omelet With Balsamic Vinegar
  22. Peaches With Balsamic Vinegar And Black Pepper
  23. Pork In Balsamic Vinegar
  24. Pork In Balsamic Vinegar - {Maiale Con Aceto Balsamico}
  25. Radicchio And Goat Cheese Gratin With Balsamic Vinegar
  26. Red And Yellow Tomato Platter With Balsamic Vinegar
  27. Roasted Bell Peppers With Basil And Balsamic Vinegar
  28. Roasted Onions With Balsamic Vinegar
  29. Roasted Sweet Onions With Balsamic Vinegar
  30. Sauteed Chicken Breast With Balsamic Vinegar And Crimini
  31. Sauteed Rabbit Loin W Braised Fennel And Balsamic Vinegar
  32. Sauteed Rabbit Loin W Braised Fennel And Balsamic Vinegar
  33. Shad Roe With Bacon In Balsamic Vinegar Sauce
  34. Sole With Balsamic Vinegar
  35. Spicy Gazpacho Sorbet With Balsamic Vinegar
  36. Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar
  37. Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar And Black Pepper
  38. Strawberry Preserves With Black Pepper And Balsamic Vinegar
  39. Veal Chops, With Balsamic Vinegar Artichokes And Treviso
  40. White Bean Ravioli With Balsamic Vinegar Brown Butter
  41. White Bean Ravioli With Balsamic Vinegar Brown Butter

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