Got a sauce that needs fixing? I’ve got the answer! Balsamic vinegar saved the day and my dinner.
The other day, I made my typical pot roast in the slow cooker. The house was full or good smells all day long. But, when I went to mix up the gravy, it wasn’t as flavorful as I expected. In fact, it was a little too tart, presumably from the red wine I used for deglazing the pan.
What to do? What to do? Roast beef and mashed potatoes just call for gravy, don’t they?
Instead of despairing, I remembered something I have read in recipes a hundred times over:
Add a little Balsamic vinegar to finish the sauce.
I had never tried it before because hubs isn’t a huge fan of sweet. And Balsamic can be sweet. But, he’s also not a big gravy user, so I figured I was safe.
And oh my goodness.
That sauce went from blah to beautiful in just 1/2 tablespoon. It was amazing! The Balsamic vinegar that Holland House sent me was just the ticket to saving dinner that night. And the leftover gravy and pot roast went into a vegetable beef soup a few nights later that had all the FishKids humming.
I’ve since added a few dashes of balsamic to red sauces and salad dressings that we’re quite “right”. It seems to be an almost magic elixir!
Currently, Holland House, a maker of vinegars and cooking wines, is running a Facebook sweepstakes in conjunction with The Meal Makeover Moms. Three winners will get a “meal makeover” and at the end of the promotion, one Facebook fan will win a cooking set, valued at $500. Very cool, indeed.
I’m convinced that balsamic vinegar totally gave our supper the lift it needed.
What’s YOUR relationship with Balsamic?
Have you ever added a dash of vinegar to save the day?