Balsamic Vinegar and Oil

Balsamic Vinegar and Oil

Archive for April, 2008

Salmon with Balsamic Reduction

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

A Balsamic Vinegar Reduction to Accompany Salmon Ingredients:

Half a cup of aged balsamic vinegar
Half a cup of chicken broth
1 tsp of fresh thyme, finely chopped
¾ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 lb Salmon fillets, cut to give six pieces of equal size
2 tsps of canola or grape seed oil


In a pan that will not react to the vinegar mix vinegar and chicken broth and bring to a simmer for up to twenty five minutes or until the quantity has reduced by fifty percent.

Meanwhile mix the other dry ingredients which include the thyme, salt and pepper and cover the top of the salmon by rubbing in these ingredients. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the salmon with the skin side on top. The salmon fillets should be cooked for up to six minutes and turning regularly so that the salmon begins to flake but is still pink in the center. This process should be repeated for each piece of salmon.

To serve, drizzle your balsamic over each piece of salmon and accompany with fluffy mashed potatoes. To compensate for the richness of the salmon there is a higher quantity of vinegar and a lighter vegetable oil in this recipe.

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Vinaigrette Dressing Balsamic

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Home Made Vinaigrette Dressing Made From Balsamic Vinegar


3 tbs Balsamic vinegar, aged variety
1 tsp French mustard (Dijon)
1 clove of crushed garlic
Extra virgin olive oil – ¾ cup
To taste – salt and pepper


Mix all the ingredients in a blender to create an emulsion. The vinaigrette will be denser than made by hand. For up to 8 servings, one cup will be adequate. For one serving up to 3 tablespoons of dressing is required. When you have processed your dressing you can either serve immediately or store in an airtight container in a refrigerator. If using after the dressing has been refrigerated you will need to quickly blitz prior to serving.

Vinegar Brine, Apples and Pork Chops


4 tbs sugar
5 tsps Kosher salt
3 cps Cold water
5 Freshly ground whole peppercorns
1 bay leaf
Four 8 oz pork loin chops including the bone
4 tsps Extra virgin olive oil
2 Peeled, cored and sliced apples, Pink Lad or Braeburn. Ensure slices ¼” thick.
2 cups of apple cider vinegar


Simmer the apple cider vinegar in a non reactive pan for 8 minutes or until reduced by 50%. Add the salt and sugar when the pan containing the vinegar has been removed from the heat and stir until the salt and sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add ground peppercorns, water and the bay leaf. When this mixture has cooled, pour over the pork chops which should be placed in a baking tray. The chops and mixture should now be covered and allowed to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Before cooking your chops preheat your broiler, take the chops out of the brine mixture and ensure they are drying by patting with a paper towel.

Place the chops on a baking sheet lined with kitchen foil and cook for about 6 minutes on each side. When cooking is complete, remove them from the oven and allow to stand for a few minutes. Loosely cover with kitchen foil to create a tent.

While your pork chops are resting, heat 2 tablespoons in a saucepan and add the apples. Sauté for about seven minutes or until they are softened and tender. Season with salt and pepper. The pork chops are served with apples and a little of the remaining olive oil. Your Pork chops can be accompanied by potatoes or pasta.

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Vinaigrette Recipe

Tuesday, April 08th, 2008

Basic Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is easy to prepare and store. You can make a batch a day before you need it and keep it in the refrigerator. You should add only a few garlic and shallots since the flavors usually become stronger as time passes by.

3 to 6 tbsp vinegar of your choice/ Lemon juice may be added or used as replacement
¾ cup of mixed pure olive oil and extra virgin oil

Dash of pepper and Kosher salt

Other options:
1 and 1 /2 to 2 teaspoons of any vinegar you want (Lemon juice could also be a good second choice
Salt and pepper, Kosher version
1 ½ to 2 Dijon mustard, usually served with Champagne vinegar or white wine.
1 tablespoon of minced shallots
½ to 1 teaspoon garlic (pressed or pureed)
Herbs, freshly chopped


Whisk the ingredients together, except the olive oil. As soon as the mixture is blended. Add a dash of pepper and salt to taste. Then check the taste. You may add other ingredients or add to the main ingredients. This batch will yield one cup.

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