3 Genius Ways To Cook With Balsamic Vinegar December 13, 2017

by Eat

Step aside, salad dressings.

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The bold, tangy topping we all love to drizzle adds a full dose of flavor to any dish. Where does it come from? Unlike most vinegars, the balsamic kind doesn’t come from wine. Instead, growers make it by using grapes that haven’t had the chance to ferment. Then, it thickens and acquires those deliciously rich notes while it ages — sometimes, for close to a century.

One taste will tell you that you don’t need to go overboard when you’re cooking with it. But you definitely do need a trusty bottle on hand. Our chefs like to use this one in the test kitchen; it comes with other select recipe necessities from our Kitchenware collection. Hello, convenience.

Celebrate all the sweet flavor it brings to your plate with these three balsamic vinegar recipes.

1. Balsamic Rosemary Skirt Steak with Garlic Herb Toasts and a Roasted Pear Salad

Balsamic vinegar does multiple magical things in this recipe. First, it’s stirred into the sauce to give it an acidity that cuts through and livens up the robust flavor of skirt steak. Then, it’s tossed into an arugula salad and topped with wedges of pear, providing a rounded contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.

Some of it will inevitably drip into a deep, dark pool on your plate, but luckily the baguette toasts on the side, brushed in a garlic herb butter, do a swell job of sopping it up.

Order this premium recipe now and enjoy every balsamic-y bite next week.

2. Caramelized Shallot Risotto

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Raw shallots start out crisp and pungent, but when you roast them in the oven with just five teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, they become meltingly tender and sweet. In this recipe, they’re tucked into a risotto, adding surprise bursts of flavor between the creamy grains. And for an elegant finish, you’ve got zucchini ribbons, which top the rice like a green veggie crown.

3. Meatloaf Balsamico with Sweet Potato Mash and Green Beans

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No matter which way you try to dress it up, a meatloaf is all about the meat. Which is why we’re adding little more than a few breadcrumbs to keep it moist and a smattering of balsamic ketchup glaze to keep things interesting.

That’s all you really need (along with some green beans and mashed sweet potato) to emphasize the classic timelessness of this HelloFresh Hall of Fame recipe.

There are lots of ways to whip up balsamic vinegar-enriched dishes. Start by ordering the balsamic steak for next week and drizzle ever onward.

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