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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Morgan Shepard

Need an idea for Friday evening dinner after a busy week? How about fresh salmon fillets glazed with   Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged balsamic vinegar di Modena? Easy to prepare, we tweaked a recipe from allrecipes.com for a healthy & delicious dinner to start your weekend right!   Serves 5 to 6. 

Easy Ingredients

  • 6 5-ounce-fresh salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic 8 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena
  • 3 tablespoons of Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
  • 3 tablespoons of dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to season

Simple Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with foil & brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. 
  3. Add garlic & cook until soft & golden, approx. 3-5 minutes, do not brown. 
  4. Add white wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt & pepper. 
  5. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes, until liquid thickens, remove from heat & set aside.
  6. Arrange salmon on foil lined baking sheet, skin side down. 
  7. Brush fillets with balsamic glaze, season with oregano.
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a knife on an angle into the center of salmon & gently part the meat. If opaque & flakes into small pieces, salmon is cooked.
  9. Remove fillets from oven, brush with remaining glaze, season with salt & pepper, allow fillets to “rest” 2-3 minutes & remove skin.
  10. Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella artisan crafted IGT Bianco Toscano white wine made with organic grapes.

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Olive Oil Honey Banana Bread

Morgan Shepard

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Let us introduce you to your new favorite healthy banana bread recipe! It's so good you won't event know it's healthy! It's made with whole wheat flour, naturally sweetened with honey, and uses our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of butter. This is the perfect recipe to satisfy your craving without feeling guilty.

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe brown bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cp dark chocolate chips, optional  

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Lightly spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until well combined. 
  4. In a separate large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon, until just combined. Do not over-mix. 
  6. Fold in walnuts and/or chocolate chips, if using. 
  7. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean 
  8. Allow to cool in loaf pan before slicing 
  9. Enjoy! 

**Tip: If your bananas aren't quite brown yet, place them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven at 300 degrees. Keep a close on eye on them and take them out once brown. 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Award Worthy Apple Walnut Crostoni

Morgan Shepard

What to serve while watching the Oscar ceremony? Crostoni! Large bread crusts in Italian, crostoni are thick bread rounds, toasted & topped with a meat or cheese garnish. We modified a recipe from the reluctant entertainer, using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil & a reduction of Villa Gabriella Organic 8-year aged organic balsamic vinegar. Prepare ahead, pop in the oven & enjoy the show!  

Makes 8-10 Crostoni

Simple Ingredients

  • French bread baguette, sliced diagonally (about 2 inches thick)
  • 4-5 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra to flavor
  • Reduction of Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged, balsamic vinegar  
  • 3-5 tablespoons fresh goat cheese 
  • ½ cup Gorgonzala cheese
  • 1 medium Honeycrisp apple, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper (to taste)

Easy Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to broil. 
  2. Brush bread rounds with olive oil, place on a parchment lined baking sheet
  3. Broil for 3 minutes, until toasty, remove from the oven 
  4. Spread each toasted round with goat cheese & set aside
  5. Combine gorgonzola cheese, chopped apple & walnuts in a bowl  
  6. Add honey & mix together
  7. Spoon the mixture on top ofcrostoni rounds
  8. Return to the oven & broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted
  9. Remove from the oven, drizzle each crostoni with balsamic vinegar reduction (recipe here) 
  10. Serve & enjoy! 

Pair with Villa Graziella artisan crafted Bianco Trebbiano IGT wine made with organic grapes.   

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com