By LaGayle ~ August 28th, 2013.
It is always fun to try new food preparations; however, I admit that the simpler the preparation, the more I like it. Having said that, anything that can make a simple dish a little more special is great!
I have always enjoyed preparing dishes using various balsamic vinegars, especially those that have additional flavors. When we recently received a sample of Mandarano Balsamic Glaze & Sauce from Modena, Italy, I was excited to try it. A balsamic vinegar reduction made from a centuries-old Modena family recipe, it sounded like a great way to enhance a dish without a lot of fuss.
The information that accompanied the glaze suggested that it could be “the perfect compliment to almost any food.” I took that claim as a challenge and started experimenting. I tried it drizzled over scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles topped with fresh berries, grilled fresh peaches, pan seared flat iron steak, sautéed Brussels sprouts, and roasted sweet potatoes. Lo and behold, it was great on all of them. It even works on desserts; it was amazing drizzled over pecan pie and vanilla ice cream!
Since our focus here on Wine Peeps is wine, here are some pairing suggestions for the foods I tried with the balsamic glaze:
- Grilled peaches—Riesling or Sparkling Wine
- Flat iron steak—Shiraz/Syrah or Merlot
- Brussels sprouts—Sauvignon Blanc
- Sweet potatoes—Gewurztraminer or Riesling
- Pecan pie—Port
Using the Mandarano Balsamic Glaze & Sauce is a great way to dress up a simple meal or to give a dish a boost. It sells for $14.95 and can be found at specialty retailers across the United States.
Full Disclosure: We received this balsamic glaze as a sample.
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