America is a great melting pot of culture, a country populated by generations of immigrants from all over the world. These people alongside their belongings, dreams and ambitions brought with them aspects of their native cultures that planted seeds of original Americana. For example, Tex-Mex is a culinary cross of traditional Mexican and Texan concepts that includes the introduction of hard shell tacos and fajitas. (also enormous amounts of melted cheese…and everything else!).
Nevertheless, let’s look at one of
What makes the pairing of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar so appealing? The fruity yet bitter taste of the olive, mildly peppery at best, blends well with the more acidic, but often sweet taste of the balsamic. Both already have complex flavor profiles and perhaps in print, it may seem like an odd combination. But our taste buds do not lie, and to throw in some warm, freshly sliced bread and it seals the deal!
But surround yourself with unfamiliar territory and company, and you’ll begin to take on the characteristics around you like osmosis.
So while olive oil bars with many distinctions have originated in Europe, the size of the United States has allowed a much more rapid rate of experimentation and growth and there are arguably more offerings of flavors of both olive oil and balsamic
While the original idea of pairing olive oil and balsamic vinegar remains, the options you now have to choose from
Persian Lime Olive Oil with Orange White Balsamic
A great versatile citrus based combination. Especially good with seafood dishes most
Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic
A complex and flavorful duo based heavily on the Italian tradition. Basil, oregano, garlic and lemon flavors work together to make an appealing dressing to several pasta dishes or salads. One of the most popular and used combinations we have available.
Smoky Bacon Olive Oil and Hickory Barbecue Balsamic Riserva
Seemingly made for North Carolina, this pairing features aromas associated with the grill. The bacon flavor may be used as a healthy substitute for actual pork and together they can really add to homemade beans, barbecue, and grilled meats. Often thought of as ‘masculine’ flavors, we urge everyone to give this combination a shot.
Additionally, olive oil and vinegar are often used as the base for making salad dressings in which the ratios are commonly
Marinades 1 part Olive Oil
1 part Balsamic Vinegar
Vinaigrette_ 2-3 parts Olive Oil
1 part Balsamic Vinegar.
In addition to great taste, this is also a tasty elixir for health. Olive oil is primarily composed of the desirable monounsaturated fats and balsamic vinegar, being made from grapes, is also full of antioxidants that promote good health.
So come visit the south side of Charlotte, at our Ballantyne location we leave you to re-explore your own kitchen and natural creativity to