Monday, August 9, 2010

Balsamic-Rosemary Syrup and a Multitude of Ideas of How to Use It

One of my favorite things to have on hand is my bottle of Balsamic-Rosemary Syrup. I keep it in a squeeze bottle in the side door of my refrigerator and you’d be amazed at how often I put it out.It’s so simple to make and the flavor is a power punch that can send a simple meal into the extra special category.

So how do I use this deliciousness in a bottle?

· A flat bread with feta cheese, dried tomatoes and olives with just a drizzle of Balsamic-Rosemary Syrup to finish it off.

· Strawberry Crepes with powdered sugar with an aioli on the plate of Balsamic-Rosemary Syrup.

· Dress simple greens with some crunchy croutons and garden vegetables

· Drizzle it over pork chops and you have a perfect finishing sauce

How about an appetizer made up of cubes of fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, your choice of black or green olives threaded on a skewers, drizzle Balsamic-Rosemary Syrup on top, just before serving sprinkle some chiffonade basil on top and add another few additional drops of the syrup. Your guests will love you for it. I served it at this memorable event.

Do you have a delicious sauce that is your favorite multi-tasker?

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  1. i'm a huge fan of balsamic in's so amazing! good in both sweet and savory just can't beat that!

  2. Oh wow this is definitely the kind of thing I would LOVE to have on hand! I bet it's great to macerate some strawberries in...

  3. I was lucky enough to taste those veggie skewers in the photo. They were delicious!!!Thanks for posting the recipe Cristie.

    I also love anything with balsamic and use it frequently. The only other "sauce" that I use often is basil pesto. It's a mainstay at my house.

  4. I loved reading about all your tasty ways to use this balsamic syrup. I think I would enjoy each and every one of them.

    My go-to is probably mustard. I could probably eat it on just about anything savory.

  5. I love balsamic reductions and this one sounds wonderful! This one is a must try!

  6. I love this syrup and love having it on hand. You are a culinary genius!

  7. balsamic vinegar makes such a great reduction---I have reduced it with orange juice for citrus accents, and recently made a reduction of white balsamic vinegar with lemon basil--also very tasty. I will have to try your version with rosemary. thanks!

  8. I love balsamic vinegar. Its a great alternative to salad dressing (much more low cal). I love the sound of your reduction, and i bet there are a million and one ways to use such an excellent condiment.
    *kisses* HH

  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog. It gave me the chance to meet yours. This is a great idea to flavor vinegar with rosemary. I will be following your blog.

  10. Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. And now that I've found you, I'm so happy to have a recipe that combines two of my favorite things: balsamic vinegar and rosemary!!

    I had to smile at your cookbook post. I, too, have many, many cookbooks and I use them all. And, I still purchase them. Within the past few months, four new ones have joined the ranks!!

    I'm looking forward to spending lots of time reading your blog.


  11. Just discovered your lovely blog via From A Writer's Kitchen (Bonnie is my mother-in-law!).

    I've found that I get a lot of use out of Heidi Swanson's Otsu dressing: it's very simple, and works wonderfully on vegetable side dishes and pastas. Here's the recipe from Heidi's site:

    I love the balsamic-rosemary syrup, and it's got me thinking about other possibilities...balsamic + fresh mint, maybe? Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I bet it would be so good for dipping baguettes in:) Yum!

  13. I'll be putting your recipe and your suggestions for using the syrup to good use. It sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  14. I remember this appetizer from the party. I loved it. So glad you shared the recipe.

  15. I can say, from first-hand experience, that this syrup is well worth a try!

  16. there are a lot of great uses for that syrup!! thanks for sharing some of them with us!


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