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      Balsamic Recipes

      MEATBALLS, CRUSHED TOMATO AND BALSAMIC SAUCE

      MEATBALLS, CRUSHED TOMATO AND BALSAMIC SAUCE

      Recipe:

      This is a family favourite in our house.

      Ingredients for the Meatballs:

      • 500g Beef Mince
      • 1 Onion peeled and finely chopped
      • 1 Carrot peeled and grated
      • 1 Garlic Clove peeled and crushed
      • 15ml Burren Balsamic Reduction
      • 10ml Worcestershire Sauce
      • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

      Method

      1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
      2. Combine all the ingredients mixing well then season generously.
      3. Shape into small even sized balls (we used a small ice cream scoop).
      4. Chill well.
      5. Fry gently in a little sunflower oil and place in a suitable sized ovenproof dish.
      6. Make the sauce.

      Ingredients for the sauce:

      • 400g Tinned Crushed Tomatoes
      • ½ Onion peeled and finely chopped
      • ½ Carrot peeled and finely chopped
      • 25ml Burren Balsamic Reduction
      • 50ml Water
      • 50g Mature Cheddar grated

      Method:

      1. Fry the onion and carrot in a little oil to lightly colour.
      2. Add the balsamic glaze and cook for 2 minutes.
      3. Add the crushed tomatoes and the water.
      4. Allow to come to the boil before pouring over the meatballs.
      5. Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.
      6. Remove the foil and scatter over the grated cheese.
      7. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
      8. Serve with some garlic bread.

      CHILLI AND HONEY STICKY GLAZED COCKTAIL SAUSAGES

      CHILLI AND HONEY STICKY GLAZED COCKTAIL SAUSAGES

      Recipe:

      Entertaining guests? These glazed cocktail sausages are perfect for parties.

      Ingredients:

      • Pack of 24 good quality cocktail sausages
      • Heaped teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
      • 1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup
      • 30 mls of Burren Balsamics Chilli and Honey Balsamic Vinegar

      Method:

      1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

      2. Separate the sausages and place onto a suitable baking dish.

      3. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown.

      4. Remove from the oven and pour in the vinegar to start to glaze the sausages.

      5. Shake the dish to loosen the sausages and then pour in the other ingredients.

      6. Stir well to coat all the sausages and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

      7. Tip into a serving dish and enjoy!

      

      PARMA HAM AND FIG SALAD WITH RHUBARB AND GINGER DRESSING

      PARMA HAM AND FIG SALAD WITH RHUBARB AND GINGER DRESSING

      Recipe:

      This is a lovely summer starter or light lunch!

      Ingredients:

      • A bag of mixed leaf salad with rocket
      • 80 g pack of pack of Parma Ham
      • 4 fresh figs
      • 10 Bocconcini Mozzarella (these are the mini ones!)
      • A sprinkling of Pine nuts
      • 2s tablespoons of Rhubarb and Ginger Balsamic Vinegar

      Method:

      1. Toast the pine nuts either in the oven, or in a dry frying pan on the top of the stove.
      2. Divide the salad between two plates.
      3. Cut the figs into four pieces each and put onto the plates with 5 of the Bocconcini and a sprinkling of Pine Nuts.
      4. Drizzle over the Rhubarb and Ginger Balsamic and enjoy!

      STRAWBERRY AND MINT MERINGUES

      STRAWBERRY AND MINT MERINGUES

      Recipe:

      Ingredients:

      • 4 egg whites
      • 240 grams of caster sugar
      • 3 tablespoons of Strawberry and mint white wine vinegar

      Method:

      1. Preheat the oven to fan 100 c, conventional 110 c, gas mark 1/4. Line 2 baking sheets with Bake-o-Glide or parchment paper.
      2. Tip the egg whites into a clean mixing bowl and beat on a medium speed until the mixture stands up in stiff peaks when the blades are lifted.
      3. Turn the speed up and start to add the caster sugar, a dessertspoonful at a time.  Add the sugar slowly to prevent the meringue weeping later, but don't over beat.  Add the strawberry and mint white wine vinegar.
      4. I use a dessertspoon to scoop up the meringue and using another spoon ease it on to the baking sheet, or you can just drop them in rough rounds.
      5. Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 - 1 3/4  hours in the oven until the meringues sound crisp. Leave to cool.
      6. I like to sandwich these together with Marscapone cheese!