Oh, balsamic vinegar—this king of vinegars can transform a dish from mundane to memorable. And here’s some fantastic news for anyone who loves this delicious Italian condiment. Sure, you can use it to whip up a tasty vinaigrette. But there are so many even more interesting ways to add it to your favorite dishes for an extra pop of flavor.
1. Make a marinade
Balsamic is perfect for creating a tangy-sweet soak. If you’re entertaining a group of friends, this easy balsamic-glazed chicken wing recipe is a surefire crowd-pleaser.
2. Soup up your soups
Choose recipes that have only a few key ingredients, like this tasty basil and tortellini soup. This allows the wonderfully complex flavors of the balsamic shine through.
3. Craft a daring dessert
Sounds unusual, but it’s totally delicious—especially when fresh fruits are involved. Balsamic-drizzled strawberry desserts, for example, are increasingly popular at restaurants. Personally, we can’t get enough of these grilled honey and balsamic-glazed peaches!
4. Mix up a drink
Custom cocktails (and mocktails) are all the rage. Add a few drops of balsamic to this strawberry basil cocktail to take it to the next level.
5. Sweeten (and sour up) your sides
Meat and potatoes are all well and good, but sometimes you want a side that stands out. Balsamic vinegar, as used in this awesome asparagus recipe, will get the job done.
6. Season your dinners
Add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar to the saute pan for a delectable alternative to lemon juice. It works with virtually everything: meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables and grains.
7. Veg out
Balsamic is almost too good with tomatoes, which is one of the reasons this gorgeous balsamic roasted vegetable primavera sings. Really, there are few vegetables that aren’t even more delish with a dash or two of this vivacious vinegar.
8. Brunch with balsamic
See what we mean? The options are endless when it comes to getting creative with balsamic vinegar. Whether you’re a committed carnivore, a devoted vegetarian or simply love the marriage of tangy and sweet, stock a bottle of balsamic vinegar in your pantry pronto.