319 uses our own imported EVOO's and Balsamics on all of our dishes. We love to cook and add to desserts as a twist in flavor. Try a drizzle of espresso balsamic over a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream then add a sprinkle of crushed espresso beans. Yummy to say the least... We use our olive oils and balsamics to create our salad dressings each day. Looking for ways to add EVOO and Balsamics to your diet...
• Dip pieces of 100-percent whole grain bread in a dish of olive oil that has been dusted with pepper and oregano.
• Drizzle a small amount of EVOO and your favorite Balsamic over your salad, spinkle lightly with herbs.
• Sprinkle green vegetables with olive oil instead of margarine or butter.
• Make pesto and serve with your favorite pasta.
• Prepare your own cranberry vinaigrette for salads.
• Add flavor to olive oil by infusing the oil with sprigs of rosemary or other dried herbs.
Balsamic Vinegar Tips and Hints
• When using balsamic vinegar, do not use aluminum pots or containers. The pan or marination container should be non-reactive.
• Balsamic vinegars are not recommended for pickling or herb infusion purposes.
• Check the label if you are allergic to sulfites. Not all balsamic vinegars have sulfites, but many less expensive choices do.
• Heat sweetens balsamic vinegar and boils out acidity.
If you want to mellow out the flavor, heat it. If not, use it without heat or add at the very end of the cooking process.
• A teaspoon or two of balsamic vinegar can wake up the flavor in a bland soup, stew, or sauce.
• If you must, substitute sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar for balsamico. It won't be the same, but it will give you a hint on how good it could be if you used balsamic vinegar.
• A sprinkle of balsamic vinegar on fresh sliced strawberries or raspberries with a bit of sugar really brings out the flavor of the fruit and will have you addicted.
Store olive oil and balsamics in a dark, cool spot in a tightly covered container. You can keep olive oil in the refrigerator; however, it will get thick and cloudy. That's okay -- the olive oil will return to normal when it stands at room temperature. Store your Balsamic next to your cooking station and remember to drizzle over meats, chicken, fish and vegetables while you cook.
Keep in mind that while olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, it's still high in calories. Watch your serving size -- one serving is two tablespoons, and that's all you need per day.