Troy and I discovered an incredible cocktail party pleaser in Italy that is fast and fabulous. It is our Parmesan & Balsamic Vinegar (party bites) recipe. Impress your friends with this tasty Italian treat.
We must warn you, all parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegars are not alike. There is such a distinct difference between authentic Italian products and the knock off versions that ONCE YOU GO ITALIAN YOU WILL NEVER GO BACK.
Here are some rules of thumb to ensure that you are buying the real deal:
*True parmesan cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano (the Italian name of parmesan)
*Parmigiano-Reggiano is only made in a few regions in Northern Italy
*Be sure that your cheese is consortium approved (Italy approves every wheel)
*Look for the consortium markings on the rind (see photo below)
*Make sure that it has been aged at least one year
Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Traizionale di Modena)
*All true balsamic vinegar is made in either Modena or the Emilia region of Italy
*The official names of balsamic vinegar are either Aceto Balsamico Traizionale di Modena OR Aceto Balsamico Traizionale di Reggio Emilia
*Make sure the vinegar has been approved by the consortium (it will have an official seal, one of the official names above and an official bottle shape)
*Look for the letters D.O.P. (protected designation of origin) after the name
For those of you in Columbus, we have found a great Italian espresso bar and importer where you can find these authentic Italian treasures—Frutta Del Mondo.
If any of you try this quick cocktail pleaser, we would love to hear about it! Cheers.