In the world of food and creating new taste sensations, one can’t be afraid to step out of the box. Smokehouse Glenn definitely did that today by introducing several fruit flavored balsamic vinegars to be used as toppings for – pancakes!
I am usually a traditional maple syrup and butter type of pancake eater. Glenn brought in three varieties of his fruit flavored balsamic vinegars – Maple, Blueberry and Strawberry. This morning when Glenn mixed up his pancake batter, he started off a new flavor twist by added some Butter flavored Olive Oil to the batter. The flavor infused extra virgin olive oils are intense. The pancakes alone contained a butter flavor that could be distinctively tasted just by sampling the cakes by themselves.
Now comes the moment when I have to step outside the box to see how pancakes would taste with vinegar as a topping. Strawberry was the first choice since that is one of my favorite fruits. The strawberry flavor was prevalent in the taste but it contained a bit too much acidic overture of my taste buds. Blueberry was next in line and I found that this flavor was highly concentrated with a delicious blueberry flavor with hardly any acidic aftertaste. Lastly was sampling the maple flavor; containing a hearty maple taste and also very little acidic aftertaste for the taste buds to deal with. All in all, I would say – Yes, it is palatable to eat pancakes with a fruit flavored balsamic vinegar successfully. One would have to pre-sample the particular flavor to use to gauge with particular flavor contained the least acidic taste that would be easy on the palate.
This week is the opening of Smokehouse Glenn’s new website, Upper Peninsula Olive Oils And Vinegars! Glenn has made his selection of 38 different flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars available for mail order shipping. Glenn has the perfect form inserts for his shipping boxes that will secure your purchase to be mailed to your home.Visit his new site and see what products will enhance your next meal or new recipe in your kitchen.
For those of us who are local, Smokehouse Glenn is only a trip to the Country Village in Ishpeming. 1040 Country Lane; call 485-4220!
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