Friday, November 7, 2008

Try Some Sherry Vinegar

Last night I taught a class on Cookng for Two at Mothersauces, a local cooking school. My recipe for a simple salad of mixed greens had a vinaigrette made with sherry vinegar. Sherry vinegar is listed as one of the four vinegars no kitchen should be without by a chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of America. (The others are rice, wine, and balsamic). It has a nutty woodsy flavor and is not as sweet as balsamic vinegar. It's unique flavor is highlighted in dressings that use nut oils such as walnut oil. It is made from sherry grapes and comes from the Jerez region of Spain. In addition to salad dressing it also makes flavorful a pan sauce after sauteing chicken or pork. Like balsamic, as the cost increases so does the quality. Buy the best you can afford.

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