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Recipes with balsamic vinegar?

I purchased some balsamic vinegar in Italy this summer and so far all I've done with it is use it on tomatoes and fresh mozzerella. Need some help!

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  1. I have a wonderful cookbook we found several years ago... The Balsamic Vinegar Cookbook by Meesha Halm. I've tried a lot of the recipes with great success. My favorites are glazed carrots and a lamb shank that is one of the best I've ever tasted. It's amazing how the balsamic changes so many old favorites into something more interesting. Broiled chicken thighs with balsamic are also good. I see the book in on Amazon.com.. it's worth the $5.00 for a used copy.

    1. If you haven't used it on warm bread with olive oil, do that - it uses up a lot.

      Dice an avocado, salt and pepper and balsamic. Fantastic.

      Strawberries, sprinkle with sugar and balsamic.

      Asian dumplings love to be dipped in balsamic as well.

      Sprinkle the vinegar on fresh hot french fries, with salt.

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      1. re: pepper_mil

        I like sliced strawberries in plain yogurt with some balsamic vinegar mixed in.

        1. re: pepper_mil

          Mmm, yes, Asian dumplings, especially xiao long baos, go VERY well in Balsamic. Makes a great substitute for asian black or red vinegar. Add some fine strips of fresh ginger to it too.

        2. Balsamic vinegar is a key ingredient in the following recipe which I made and loved last week. Hope you like it, too!
          BLUE CHEESE ONIONS

          Large yellow onions
          Olive oil
          Kosher salt and fresh pepper
          Equal amounts of seasoned Panko bread crumbs and blue cheese (any kind)
          Balsamic vinegar

          Soak wooden skewers for one hour before preparing.
          Cut yellow onions into very thick slices and put thru skewers.
          Baste with olive oil. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Let set for awhile at room temp.
          Place directly on grill, cover lightly with foil, and cook until completely cooked thru about 30 minutes or so. Turn over once and baste with any leftover olive oil. Baste with balsamic vinegar after turning over toward the end of cooking.

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          1. re: Kaisgraham

            That sounds interesting. When do the panko and blue cheese come into play?

            1. re: cackalackie

              Sorry! Heat up the bread crumbs in a small non stick pan while onions are on the grill. Remove from heat and stir in the blue cheese. Pack tightly together with clean hands, and pack onto onions just after basting with the balsamic vinegar.

          2. I've used it on chicken breast that I've browned in olive oil, seasoned lightly with garlic pepper and salt. Towards the end, I sprinkle the balsamic on and add some honey, keeping heat medium to low. It gets glazy and nice. I've also omitted the honey and thrown in fresh peaches.

            1. I shaved a beautiful bunch of carrots into ribbons, tossed with some olive oil, garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar and roasted the whole thing in a little foil tent in a very hot oven. They were finished very quickly, and it was so incredibly delicious and simple.