Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are a flavorful addition to add to pizza, mashed potatoes, salads, meats, sandwiches, omelets . . . in other words, have some on hand to add sweet and savory flavor to many dishes! Here’s how:

Balsamic Caramelized Onions

2 large onions, thinly sliced or julienned
¼ C. vomFASS Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ – ½ tsp. vomFASS Sea Salt
¼ tsp. vomFASS Peppercorn Mix
¼ C. vomFASS Aceto Balsamico Platinum Vinegar, Sherry Reserva Vinegar or Spanish Red Wine Vinegar

In medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and toss to coat. Cook slowly until onions are softened and slightly translucent – about 10 minutes.

Add vinegar to the pan, being careful to not inhale the steam created by the addition of the vinegar, as it is rather powerful! Stir to coat onion and continue cooking, stirring frequently, about 3 – 5 minutes or until vinegar is reduced and onions are glazed. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator up to five days.

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Simple Roasted Asparagus

It is incredibly easy to roast vegetables for a delicious and healthy side dish. One of my favorites is asparagus. You can replace the vomFASS extra virgin olive oil and seasonings I used with any number of yummy flavor combinations!

Roasted Asparagus vomFASS Mall of America Minnesota Food

 

Roasted Asparagus

Fresh asparagus, washed, dried, and tough ends trimmed

vomFASS Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

vomFASS Garlic Pepper Whole Blend, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread asparagus evenly in a single layer on a sheet pan. I like to line my pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with ground Garlic Pepper. Roast in oven for about 5 minutes, until tender crisp.

Gourmet Pizza: Easy with vomFASS!

As a busy Mom, Nana, Sister, Friend and Business Owner, my forte is making gourmet crowd-pleasing recipes that are quick and easy. These pizzas fit that bill, with a little help from carefully selected convenience foods and/or leftovers. Feel free to improvise to use ingredients you have on hand or prefer, especially with the veggies and meats. Don’t overload the toppings, as that will result in a soggy pizza.

These recipes have received rave reviews from two different cooking classes at vomFASS, as well as from my siblings at a long overdue gathering this past weekend. Enjoy!

Artichoke Pesto Chicken Pizza

Artichoke Pesto Chicken Flatbread Serves 4
1 10 inch pizza or flatbread crust*Pizza Recipe Chicken Artichoke Pesto vomFASS Mall of America
¼ C. Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 C. chicken breast, diced (leftovers, from the deli or rotisserie chicken)
½ jar vomFASS Artichoke Pesto
½ C. Shredded White Cheddar or Gouda cheese
½ C. sliced mushrooms
¼ C. Balsamic Glazed Onions
½ C. baby spinach leaves, roasted asparagus or other veggies
2 T. vomFASS Sherry Reserva Vinegar
2 T. vomFASS Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
vomFASS Pyramid Sea Salt and Peppercorn Mix, to taste

Finishing options: Red Pepper,Truffle, or Porcini Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Aceto Balsamico Maletti

Preheat oven to 425°. Toss mushrooms with Sherry Vinegar & Garlic EVOO. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Remove mushrooms from vinaigrette and dry on paper towels. Combine Parmesan and Pesto. Spread in a thin layer onto crust. Top with chicken, remaining cheese, mushrooms, veggie and seasonings. Bake 10 – 12 minutes directly on the oven rack for a crispier crust. Remove from oven. Individuals may finish as desired with a drizzle of oils, vinegars or spices.

*I use frozen gluten free crusts. Some of my favorites are from Gooters Dough to Go and Against the Grain, from Hyvee. 

 

Arugula Pesto Margherita Pizza

1 10-inch pizza or flatbread crust Margherita Pizza Recipe vomFASS Mall of America
¼ C. Parmesan cheese, finely grated
½ jar vomFASS Arugula and Pine Nut Pesto
¼ C. fresh mozzarella, sliced/diced, or pearls
8 fresh basil leaves, shredded (chiffonade)
2 roma tomatoes
vomFASS Pyramid Sea Salt
and Peppercorn Mix,
to taste

Finishing options: vomFASS Red Pepper, Basil, or Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Aceto Balsamico di Famiglia or Maletti

Preheat oven to 425°. Slice tomatoes and place onto paper towels to draw out some of the liquid. Combine Parmesan and Pesto. Spread in a thin layer onto crust. Top with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, salt and pepper. Bake 10 – 12 minutes. Individuals may finish as desired with a drizzle of oils, vinegars or spices.

Whisky BBQ Steak Bleu Cheese Pizza vomFASS Mall of America

Whisky BBQ, Steak & Bleu Cheese Pizza

1 10-inch pizza or flatbread crust
1 jar vomFASS Whisky BBQ Sauce
¼ C. finely grated parmesan
¼ C. Bleu cheese crumbles
½ C. grilled or broiled steak strips (leftovers or from deli)
¼ C. Balsamic Glazed Onions
½ C. broccoli, cut into small pieces and steamed for 2 minutes
vomFASS Himalayan Sea Salt and Peppercorn Mix, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine BBQ sauce and Parmesan cheese. Spread in a thin layer onto crust. Top with beef, Bleu cheese, broccoli, balsamic onions and seasonings. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.

 

Sweet & Savory Carrots, Instant Pot® Style

I’ve been wanting to try Instant Pot cooking for a while. So to make that a reality, I bought an 8 Quart Instant Pot, scheduled a cooking class to give me a deadline for my first trials and started cooking!Instant Pot Cooking Class vomFASS Mall of America

My initial feedback: I love it for cooking meat. I made a beef short rib recipe and a lamb souvlaki recipe, and in both cases the meat turned out tender and flavorful with less than an hour. In the case of the short ribs, the entire meal was completed in one pot, which I love. I was not as keen on the results of cooking vegetables, as I felt the total time it took to pre-heat, cook and vent the high pressure cooking process was at least as much as roasting the vegetables, with less control of the final result. I had a complete fail with a rice recipe, so I’ll be doing more research and experimenting with that before doing another Instant Pot cooking class.

All that said, here is one of the recipes so far that I most successfully “vomFASSified” from Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Sara Quessenberry & Kate Merker.  I love their cookbook and highly recommend it for Instant Pot beginners and experienced cooks.

Sweet & Savory Carrots

Ingredients

8 medium whole carrots (about 1 lbs) Carrots Instant Pot Cooking Class vomFASS Mall of America
2 T. vomFASS Rosemary Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 T. vomFASS Mango Balsam Vinegar
1 T. vomFASS Forest Honey
1 T. vomFASS Walla Walla Onion Mustard with Chipotle
vomFASS Sea Salt and Indian Green Peppercorns, to taste
1 T. fresh dill, minced

Directions

Add olive oil, mango balsam vinegar, salt and pepper to Instant Pot. Slice carrots at an angle into ½ inch slices and add to the pot. Stir to coat carrots. Combine honey and mustard in a small dish, then drizzle over carrots. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Use “Quick Release” method to vent steam, then open lid. Press Cancel, then press Sauté/medium. Stirring often, sauté until juice thickens and glazes the carrots, about 3 minutes. Add dill to carrots before serving. Cooking class vomFASS Mall of America

Nice job making these yummy carrots Andy!