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5 Homemade Gourmet Vinegar Flavors to Make Easily at Home

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These 5 Homemade Gourmet Vinegar Flavors to make easily at home are a great way to use up the fresh herb bounty you may have growing in your garden. Not only are they delicious and beautiful, but they’re also super easy to make and are great gifts as well! Get a jump start on the gift giving season with this easy DIY!

Look at these beautiful gourmet vinegar flavors you can make easily at home! I have seen them for sale in so many gourmet stores for outrageous price tags, but you don’t need to spend the money! Made with just about any type of vinegar you can buy at the store and fresh herbs from your garden, they’re SO easy to make! They keep for 4- 6 months on your counter top or in your fridge – but they won’t last long because they are delicious!

Be sure to click the image above to shop the jars that I used for my delicious homemade gourmet vinegar!

Jars of Gourmet Vinegars to Make Easily at Home

The flavor varieties for homemade gourmet vinegar are endless. Use whatever herbs and edible flowers you have growing in your garden and a high quality vinegar. Think apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar (although it’s hard to see the herbs in the dark vinegar), and champagne vinegar. Then head out to your garden if you have one, or the store if not, and grab some fresh herbs and spices. I combined everything in SKS Clear Glass Beverage Bottles and closed them up with the included White Metal Plastisol Lined Lug Caps.  ingredients for homemade gourmet vinegar

5 Homemade Gourmet Vinegar Flavors to Make Easily at Home

Homemade gourmet vinegar can be used to liven up so many dishes. Use them in homemade salad dressings, to marinate meat, in fruit salads and other desserts, and in veggie dishes too. The options are endless. Here are the five different vinegar varieties I made to get your creative juices flowing!!

1. Gourmet Greek Garlic Herb Vinegar – 

Fabulous for meat marinades and homemade salad dressings (like this creamy roasted garlic salad dressing) and delicious on roasted veggies too!. Combine two sprigs fresh oregano, one sprig fresh basil and one garlic bulb (separated into cloves and peeled) in two cups red wine vinegar.

Gourmet Apple Cinnamon Vinegar

2. Gourmet Apple Cinnamon Vinegar – 

Great for fruit salad and salad dressings. Combine 1 chopped apple with a handful of cloves and two cinnamon sticks in two cups apple cider vinegar.

3. Gourmet Marigold Vinegar – 

Did you know marigolds are edible flowers? They are! Marigolds have a spicy, citrusy flavor and a marigold vinegar is nice addition to meat marinades and homemade salad dressings. Combine one cup marigold flowers with two cups champagne vinegar.

homemade Gourmet Hot Pepper Vinegar

4. Gourmet Hot Pepper Vinegar – 

Great for dipping sauce, homemade salad dressings, and meat marinades too! Combine one tablespoon peppercorns with five or six jalapeno peppers. Make sure to slit the peppers before adding them to the jar to really release their juices. Combine with two cups white wine vinegar for a delicious combination.

Gourmet Citrus Mint Vinegar

5. Gourmet Citrus Mint Vinegar – 

Another great vinegar for fruit salads or as a meat marinade (especially for lamb). Combine two springs fresh mint with zest of one lemon (spirals if you can! And hats off to you!) plus several lemon slices in two cups apple cider vinegar.
how to make herbed vinegar easily at home

In addition to vinegar and herbs, you’ll also need these supplies for your homemade gourmet vinegar:

I mentioned already that I used SKS Clear Glass Beverage Bottles. SKS Bottle and Packaging was founded in 1986 and sells over 6,000 different types of containers and closures online in fun colors like blue, amber and clear. Most SKS glass jars are made in the USA and are 100% recyclable. You can find the SKS clear glass beverage bottles that I used here. These bottles are great for my gourmet vinegars, homemade sauces, dressings, drinks, and more.

SKS Bottle shopping cart

You’ll also need a funnel to assist in getting the vinegar in the jars. Because of the acidity of the vinegar, you will need to put a layer of wax paper between the vinegar and the lid if you use a  metal lid.

Printable instructions for the gourmet vinegars to make easily at home

5 Gourmet Vinegars to Make Easily at Home

5 Gourmet Vinegars to Make Easily at Home

Easy to make herbed gourmet vinegars make great homemade gifts and are a wonderful way to use up your garden bounty of fresh herbs!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vinegar of choice: red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or champagne vinegar
  • Several springs fresh herbs, fruits, edible flowers, garlic, and or spices

Instructions

  1. Sterilize glass containers by boiling for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat vinegar to just below boiling.
  3. Add herbs, fruits, spices, etc to jar.
  4. Pour heated vinegar into the jar. Shake to combine.
  5. Store jars in cool, dark spot for 3-4 weeks, gently shaking the jar every week to help the flavors meld.
  6. After the desired flavor is reached, strain the vinegar to remove add-ins. Discard the herbs, vegetables or fruit. Pour strained vinegar into clean sterilized jars and cap tightly. A few sprigs of fresh herbs, fruit or spices can be added for a decorative touch.
  7. Store in the fridge for 4-6 months.

Notes

NOTE: If flavored vinegar molds or shows signs of fermentation such as bubbling, cloudiness or sliminess, it should be discarded immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500 Sodium: 1400mg Carbohydrates: 80g Protein: 40g

Now that you see how easy it is to make your own gourmet vinegars at home, what varieties will you make?

These 5 homemade gourmet vinegar flavors make the perfect edible gifts. They are beautiful and easy, perfect for marinades, salad dressings, & more!

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

Two of my favorite appetizers are jalapeno poppers and cheese dip (made with real cheese), so I decided to combine the flavors to see what would happen. And guess what? Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese is a huge hit! It’s the perfect appetizer for all of your football parties.

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Football season is here! To celebrate, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month we shared our favorite tailgating recipes, and now we are sharing more ideas for celebrating on game day. 

One of the most popular recipes on my blog is for a queso dip made with real cheese. It’s an awesome dip and I love that it’s Velveeta free, easy, and delicious! That recipe calls for a calls of a can of evaporated milk and I’ve been thinking for a while that I should find an alternative. Well guess, what? Regular ole half and half is amazing and works just as well and I’m happy to share this new recipe today with you!

Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

Let’s get started!

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Making this dip is very simple, and you can even do the following steps ahead of time to make game day prep seriously simple! Fry up a few slices of bacon and set aside. Dice up a few jalapenos (two will make a mild dip so add more if you desire spicy), half a yellow onion, and a couple cloves of garlic. Saute the veggies over medium heat in some of the reserved bacon grease right in the same pan.

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Add the half and half and arrowroot powder and whisk until it begins to thicken. I use arrowroot powder as a healthier alternative to cornstarch. You can use cornstarch if you want.

add-cheeses-and-stir-until-smooth

Turn the heat down to low and whisk in the cream cheese.Then, slowly add the cheese and continue stirring until melted. Add mustard and more half and half if you’d like a thinner dip. It does tend to get pretty thick. I added an additional 1/4 cup of half and half to reach a consistency that made me happy.

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Yield: 3 cups

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese

A quick and delicious appetizer perfect for football parties or any other occasion, featuring real ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1 TBS arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon, reserving about a tablespoon of bacon grease. Set bacon aside and crumble when cool.
  2. Over medium high heat, saute onions, garlic, and jalapeno peppers in the bacon grease.
  3. Add half and half and arrowroot powder and whisk until the mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add the cream cheese, whisking to incorporate. Slowly add in the cheese, whisking until it melts. Add mustard and another 1/4 cup of half and half if the dip is too thick.
  5. Top with crumbled bacon and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe as written is actually on the mild side. If you'd like to make it spicier, consider adding 1-2 additional jalapeno peppers. You can also add a few seeds to notch up the spice. One final change you can make to bump up the spice is to use 8 ounces of the pepper jack cheese and 4 ounces of sharp cheddar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 324mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 10g
Nutritional data is not always accurate.

What’s your favorite football appetizer? I’d love to hear!

Japlapeno Popper cheese dip! Delicious appetizer, quick to make, and it even uses real ingredients!

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza Appetizer or Entree!

If you like football, appetizers, and pizza, this recipe for focaccia pizza is sure to be a hit! It makes a yummy tailgating treat or a fun spin on boring ole pizza night!

red and gold focaccia pizza

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza Appetizer or Entree!

Football season is right around the corner, and soon it’ll be time to tailgate! My family moved to Missouri from Germany when I stared high school. We weren’t huge football fans when we lived in Germany but did enjoy Missouri football after moving there. Some of my Iowa readers might think the red and gold is inspired by Iowa State University, but my football loyalty is still in Missouri. 😀

roasted tomatoes on focaccia pizza

Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

red & gold focaccia pizza dippers

My idea of focaccia pizza might be a little different than yours. I made this delicious bread and topped it with tomatoes and pepperoni only – no sauce, and very little cheese. If you’d like to make a more traditional pizza, feel free to spread sauce on the dough and top with more cheese before you bake it! Otherwise, eat it as it, or serve it with dipping sauces. My family enjoys dipping it in pizza sauce and ranch dressing, and I bet it would be delicious dipped in a garlic butter sauce too.

Let’s Make It!

focaccia dough

First make the dough. I recommend using a stand mixer like a Kitchen-Aid. It just makes things so much easier if you have a dough hook – No KNEADING by hand! Thank you, stand mixers. 🙂 This focaccia isn’t hard to make, but it does take some time so make sure you prepare the dough ahead of time. Also, it has to rise a few times, so make sure you read the recipe below to get the right times.

poke holes with your fingers and assemble the focaccia

Once the dough has risen and rested, it’s time to decorate it. Use your fingers to make indents all through the dough and then add a delicious mixture of cherry tomatoes, good quality olive oil, dried oregano, and nice quality coarse salt. I like NOW Foods’ extra virgin olive oil a lot. It’s got a good flavor and it’s pure olive oil – nothing else.

assemble the focaccia - ready to bake
Add the pepperoni if you want! I prefer to use Applegate Naturals Uncured Pepperoni. I like that it doesn’t have any added nitrates and they don’t use antibiotics on their animals. Just my personal preference, so you use whatever you like. {No, they aren’t paying me to say this, I just like this brand.}

grate the cheese

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then add freshly grated parmesan. By the way, if you like freshly grated cheese, you need this Zyliss Cheese Grater! Love it so much. Serve with dippers and your kids will love you forever! Enjoy.

Yield: 16

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza

A delicious focaccia pizza - perfect for football tailgating and family pizza nights too!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 3/4 cup warm water, 100 degrees
  • 1 tbs SAF yeast
  • 1 tsp raw, unfiltered honey
  • 2 TBS pure olive oil
  • 2 3/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp REAL salt

For the toppings

  • 2 TBS pure olive oil
  • 1 cup halved red and gold tomatoes Go CHIEFS!
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup pepperoni, I recommend Applegate Naturals
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Dipping sauces like pizza sauce and / or ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer using a dough hook, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Add honey, oil, flour, and salt and mix well for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula, clean the sides of the bowl and then knead for five minutes until you have a nice dough.
  4. Remove dough to floured board and quickly shape into a ball. Cover with a tea towel and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Now stretch the dough with your hands and fold it over into a triangle 3 or 4 times.
  6. Put the folded dough on a rimmed, and oiled, cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for 90 minutes, or until the dough has doubled.
  7. Now stretch it again, cover with a tea towel, and let rest 30 more minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  9. While it's resting, prepare the toppings by mixing the the olive oil, tomatoes, and oregano. I also cut the pepperoni slices in fourths.
  10. Use your finger to press indents in the pizza and cover it with the tomato mixture, making sure to get the yummy oil in the indents. Add the pepperoni and more salt, if desired.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees fro 15-20 minutes, until the dough is golden brown and delicious looking.
  12. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and dip in whatever sauce you prefer.
  13. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 435mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
Nutritional data is not always correct.

Do you like tailgating and appetizers? What’s your favorite?! You might like these appetizer recipes too:

Make Ahead Baked Taco Empanadas

Cheesy Hash Brown Appetizer Bites

Cheese & Pear Crostini

Baked Camembert with Pomegranates and Hazelnuts

How to Make Queso Dip with real cheese

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza Appetizer

Easy Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

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Easy Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

If you’re looking for easy ways to decorate pumpkins without carving, look no further! Each of these 15 ideas are easy to make and perfect for kids of all ages. You will love creating and displaying these fun pumpkins with your kids’ help! Instead of carving with sharp knives, these ideas use glue, crayons, tissue paper, googly eyes, modge podge and crayons. Your kids will have a blast as they make a mess and glue to their little hearts are content. Are you ready for this list?

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