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Fig Meyer Lemon Balsamic Vinegar

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alsd2 Nov 10, 2010 02:49 PM

I received a bottle of Lulu Fig-Meyer Lemon Balsamic Vinegar as a gift. It's much less acidic than most balsamic vinegars, so doesn't work well in salad dressings and the like. It's also quite thick with fig/lemon sediment, so wouldn't reduce well. I can't figure out how to use it, but don't want to waste such a gorgeous ingredient. A quick search online only turned up one "recipe" involving splashing it over wilted spinach - that's fine as far as it goes, but seems like a waste of something special. Any suggestions?

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    critter101 Nov 10, 2010 03:05 PM

    I love that vinegar and use it for salad dressing. If you think it's not acidic enough, just use it in conjunction with some other balsamic, wine or sherry vinegar. The flavors of lemon and fig are great.

    1. onceadaylily Nov 10, 2010 03:23 PM

      You could 'splash' it on other things, I suppose, such as fish or chicken.

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        nancyapoet Nov 10, 2010 03:52 PM

        I dry tomato slices in my toaster oven (400 degrees for 10 minutes, 350 degrees for 20 minutes), and then drip my fig balsamic vinegar on it.

        This is so good I eat it every day. With Sourdough bread, this is my lunch.

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          alsd2 Nov 10, 2010 03:55 PM

          oooooh, I actually have oven roasted tomatoes from the end of my summer CSA in the fridge. I will do this for lunch tomorrow!

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          Erika L Nov 11, 2010 07:12 AM

          In season, I use it--unmixed--over steamed asparagus. Now that I think about it, the flavors would also probably go well with Brussels sprouts.

          1. TropiChef Nov 17, 2010 07:35 AM

            I stole this recipe from a lovely hotel restaurant I stayed at up at Lake Louise, Canada. I can't take credit but I have brought it to parties and everyone loves it. Very simple too.

            Field greens, roasted walnuts, goat cheese and grilled slices of pear (I've used apple too). Let the pears cool some before adding to the salad and add the goat cheese pieces right before serving. I rub the pears slices with a little olive oil and salt and pepper before grilling.
            Make a dressing with the fig balsamic (thin with a little regular balsamic or red wine vinegar) and some good quality olive oil, salt and pepper. I usually dress the greens and then add the other ingredients.
            The original dish used candied walnuts but that's really too sweet for my taste. I like the toasty crunch of plain, toasted walnuts.

            TropiChef
            http://thetropicalgoumet.blogspot.com/

            1. rworange Nov 17, 2010 09:21 AM

              Drizzled over fresh figs stuffed with marscapone cheese.

              Like a lot of balsamic vinegars, maybe drizzled on desserts? Rather than the usual vanilla, maybe a lemon ice cream, but not sorbet.

              Drizzled on pound cake?

              Driizzled over fresh fruits such as strawberries or blueberries

              Marinades are always good. I would think chicken or fish would take well to this because of the lemon.

              Another way to search is for recipes that use balsamic vinegar, figs and lemons. Substituting the Meyer-lemon vinegar for plain balsamic vinegar might add more concentrated flavor and complexity. For example, it could be substituted in these recipes

              Fig chutney
              http://www.reallynicerecipes.com/recipe/sauces/fig-chutney

              Poached Figs In Red Wine And Balsamic Vinegar
              http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Appetizer/Fruit/recipe.html?dishid=135

              Green Beans With Figs and Walnuts
              http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2010/09/13/green-beans-figs-and-walnuts/

              How about straining it so you can reduce it? That's what this recipe does.

              Grilled Rosemary Pork Chops With Raisin-fig-balsamic Sauce
              http://www.grouprecipes.com/83605/gri...

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                magiesmom Nov 18, 2010 04:57 AM

                Drizzle it on vanilla ice cream or pound cake; I love these type of vinegars on sweet things.

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