In the Kitchen with Sigona’s Featuring: Meyer Lemon Fusion Oil, Dark Maple Balsamic, and Passion Fruit White Balsamic

Dark Maple Balsamic Whipped Garnet Yams

Garnet yams get sweeter as they roast. Their natural sugars caramelize in the oven, creating a delicious sweetness which is enhanced by the maple balsamic. One yam serves about 2, depending on size.

What you need:

  • Garnet yams, medium to large in size
  • Sigona’s Dark Maple Balsamic, about 2 to 3 tsp per yam, to taste
  • A couple pats of butter, as desired
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Candied pecans, lightly crushed

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F

Wash the Garnet yams and pierce the skin multiple times with a fork. Bake on a baking sheet for about 1 hour or until yams are knife tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

When cool enough to touch halve the yams and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh; discard the skin.

In a large bowl, mash and whip together the yams and butter until the yams are like mashed potatoes — mostly smooth, but some lumps are okay. Measure in the balsamic, about 2 teaspoons per yam (you can always add more, so start light), and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more balsamic if desired. Serve warm with a pat of butter on top, sprinkled with candied pecans, if desired.

 

Meyer Lemon Zoodles with Parmesan and Basil

We love Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe for lemon spaghetti, but thought we’d try it out with zoodles. It turned out beautifully! The flavors are bright and the dish comes together easily. It’s a nice side dish for anything grilled, especially fish. The dish is lovely served warm or at room temperature. Serves about 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-large zucchini, spiraled
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp Sigona’s Meyer Lemon Fusion Oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus more for garnish
  • Zest from 1 lemon (Meyer or Eureka)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons, Meyer or Eureka)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish if desired

Directions: In medium bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil with the 1/3 cup cheese and the lemon juice. Season with a couple pinches each of salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the zoodles and toss to coat. Allow to cook, tossing occasionally, about 5 minutes so they are heated through but do not become too soft (that is, unless you prefer a softer zoodle).

Transfer the zoodles to a large bowl with the chopped basil and half the lemon zest. Add about 3/4ths of the sauce and toss well to incorporate. Add none, some or all of the remaining sauce, or save for serving.

Just before serving, toss again to ensure the zoodles are well coated. Using tongs, grab portions of the zoodles and twist as the portion is added to an individual serving bowl or dish. Top each serving with a little more cheese and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature, with any remaining sauce on the side.

 

Passion Fruit & Pomegranate Sparkling Cocktail

We love that passion fruit comes into season around the holidays! Put a twist on holiday mimosas with our passion fruit infused white balsamic. Adding pomegranates or even fresh cranberries gives it a festive feel. Makes 1 cocktail.

Ingredients:

Directions: Add about 1 tablespoon pomegranate arils to a champagne flute. Add the balsamic and top off with sparkling wine. Serve.

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