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Dec 21, 2005 01:26 PM

Recipes to Showcase Balsamic Tradizionale?

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I just purchased, as a gift for my husband, a 50 year old bottle of balsamic vinegar tradizionale, the real thing. I'm looking for recipes which will showcase the vinegar specifically, not to just throw into a dish to get lost in a sauce or dressing for instance.

Strawberries or vanilla ice cream are very typical, but I'd like to find something different. I know my husband would love to just sip it in a glass (which I fully expect to happen).

Anyway, any suggestions?


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  1. I really like to reduce it just a bit and serve as a syrup with steak... I think that really shows off the flavor of even just mediocre balsamic!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Katie Nell

      Reduce the balsamic TRADIZIONALE. You cannot mean the $159 [or so}, which needs no further reduction, or you're making something unique.

      1. re: bobh

        So sorry! I can't even afford to look at THAT, and so didn't know!

      2. re: Katie Nell

        You reduce only the cheap supermarket balsamics -- never the Tradizionale, which has already been severely reduced by aging in ever smaller barrels, through which part of the liquid evaporates.

      3. One of my favorite things to do with really good balsamic vinegar is to serve it drizzled over chunks of parmigiano-reggiano

        I think this REALLY showcases the vinegar.


        1. This week I took asparagus spears, spears of parmesan regianno and twisted prosciutto around the two spears so it would kind of hold it together, put it in a 400 degree oven until the cheese started to melt.

          Took them out of the oven and dipped in balsamic

          1. Roast a pork tenderloin, then drizzle your balsamico over the slices to taste, instead of a sauce.

            1. Thanks everyone!

              I knew about the parmesean, of course, such a classic and makes my mouth drool just thinking about it.

              I really liked the pork loin idea - it's something both of us love and don't eat too regularly so that really would be something special to cook to showcase the vinegar.

              Thanks again to everyone!