BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODENA PGI AND PEAR MOSTARDA
1 medium red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
3 very ripe pears, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/4 cup Muscovado sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons honey
3/4 teaspoon chile powder
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI*
3 oz mustard oil
1 1/2 tablespoon Pommery mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine the bell pepper, pears, sugar, paprika, coriander, honey, and chile powder. Cover and set aside overnight.
Transfer the pear mixture to a saucepan, and add the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and mustard oil. Cook until the mixture is sticky and bubbly. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
Add the pommery mustard, salt, and pepper, and return to the heat. Cook over medium heat until the sugars caramelize and brown slightly.
Serve as an accompaniment to a cheese platter or as a sandwich spread.
*The Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is the name of an area, a specific place, or, in exceptional cases, the name of a country, used as a description of an agricultural product, which comes from such an area, place, or country, which has a specific quality, goodwill, or other characteristic property, attributable to its geographical origin, at least one of the stages of production, processing, or preparation takes place in the area. The European Union (EU) will only give a product PGI status if they decide it has a reputation, characteristics, or qualities that are a result of the area you want to associate with. It is the PGI logo that guarantees the consumer about the authenticity of the product they are buying.