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What do you do with really good, aged balsamic vinegar?

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So I got carried away at Volpetti in Rome and bought a 30 Euro bottle of 15 year old balsamic vinegar. The kicker is, I'm not even a particularly huge balsamic fan (in a salad, I almost always prefer a nice red wine vinegar.)

So what do I do with it now? Any and all suggestions welcome!

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  1. That kind of balsamic vinegar is not really meant for salads. Try a few drops on some cut up strawberries, or on some pieces of parmesan cheese. It's used drop by drop, rather than a splash in a salad dressing.

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    1. re: roxlet

      Yes, shards of really good crystally parmesan dipped in aged balsamic is just heaven!

    2. Here are a couple of older threads on this topic with a few ideas.
      http://www.chow.com/search?q=aged+bal...

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      1. re: chefj

        Thank you. The other threads are the motherlode for ideas on what to do with good balsamic.

      2. drizzle over homemade vanilla ice cream or as rox said over some good parm.

        1. Aged balsamic, I put that sh*t on everything!

          1. Drizzle on asparagus and Parmesan or just Parmesan (the real stuff obviously) or on any sort or creamy mushroom risotto or creamy pasta dish. Drizzle over berries and vanilla ice cream.