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Food and Wine Pairing: Parmigiano Reggiano with Balsamic Vinegar, and a nice Chianti (fava beans optional)

Last Saturday night, while I was preparing penne with pasta, sausage and tomatoes, I was seriously craving some kind of easy appetizer to silence my growling stomach as I was cooking, so I did this:

parmigiano reggiano with aceto balsamico

parmigiano reggiano with aceto balsamico

I love this as an appetizer any old time, but it’s ideal while you’re cooking and need a little something to get you through to the meal, especially if one of the ingredients you’re using in your recipe is a good parmigiano reggiano.  Which I was.

So let the parmigiano reggiano get to room temp, take the point of a sharp knife and chunk off some pieces, then drizzle some very good, aged balsamic vinegar over (I use Cavalli Balsamico.  It’s pricey, about $22 for 8.4 oz, but very good; well worth the cost. You can find it locally at The Seasoned Gourmet.) 

(The Cavalli Balsamico is so good, I was rooting around in my fridge and cupboards to find something else to put it on!  I am not making that up.)

That’s it!  Pair with a Chianti (I’m liking the 2006 Castellini Chianti Superiore lately), and you’re done. A simple, yet elegant appetizer, and all kinds of delicious. And lovely with a nice Chianti.

If I’m not in the mood to cook a full-on meal, I’ll just have this appetizer, add some Italian cured meats like soppressata, prosciutto and salami, etc., some crusty bread with olive oil, and of course a good Chianti, and that is my (awesome) meal.  I love eating this way.  Love.

Bon Appetit!

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4 Responses to “Food and Wine Pairing: Parmigiano Reggiano with Balsamic Vinegar, and a nice Chianti (fava beans optional)”

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  2. Annie says:

    How can anything NOT taste great on that plate? I want it! Where’d you get it?

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