Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wine Bottle Dressing

1 cup olive oil

½ cup plus one tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 clove of garlic smashed

2 Tbs honey



Ok, so listen... I have turned into a vinaigrette snob. If it's not homemade, it's not making my taste buds very happy. But making a vinaigrette every time I want a salad can be a bit daunting. So here's a fun and easy way to make and store any homemade dressing all in one bottle. For this recipe you will need a funnel and a clean wine bottle with its cork. Start by peeling the clove of garlic, and giving it a quick smash, just to let out all of the flavor.

Next, drop the garlic pieces into the wine bottle.

Then, measure the vinegar and oil into a liquid measuring cup, and pour into the wine bottle via the funnel.

After the oil and vinegar, comes the honey. I specify adding the honey after the oil, because the oil will grease the way, allowing the honey to just slip through the funnel. Be patient! This part may be a little slow.

To add the salt and pepper, I found that it was easiest to use a piece of paper, or a paper towel to add everything into the bottle.

Now its simple...all you have to do is shake until everything comes together into a beautiful, thick vinaigrette. This will take about 15 seconds at the most!

The bottle can be passed around the table so that people can dress their own salads, and later stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks....if it even makes it that long!

This is just a basic recipe. Delicious variations can be made by substituting balsamic vinegar, or jazzing up the recipe with your favorite fresh assortment of herbs or flavored olive oils.

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