Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

There’s nothing like the feeling of falling in love, and fallen I have. Wait – no news on the “guy” front – I’ve fallen for this Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette. I hope you’ll feel the same way once you taste it! A touch of sweet with just a hint of smoky warmth, this is unlike any dressing I’ve ever tasted (or made) before.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

A concentrated apple cider, sorghum and a wee hit of bourbon take this dressing to the next level. So does the creamy emulsion – do take a moment to pull out your blender for the best texture. I thought about adding a little cayenne to the dressing to add a touch of complexity, but settled on a surprise ingredient – a hit of white pepper.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

While I serve this over my Taphouse Salad, it would be lovely drizzled over a crisp apple or pear salad or any Autumn type salad, perhaps one with pecans and deep leafy greens. I imagine it would also be wonderful over a grilled or sautéed butternut or acorn squash. You’ll just have to taste it and see for yourself.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette Drizzled over Smashburger in Taphouse Salad
Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette Drizzled over Smashburger in Taphouse Salad

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

  • Servings: abt 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup good apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1/2 cup sorghum *
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup light flavored olive oil

In a saucepan, reduce apple cider to about 1/4 cup. Set aside to cool while the rest of the ingredients are assembled.

In a blender, add vinegar, bourbon, sorghum, Dijon, mustard powder, salt and white vinegar. Pulse to blend. Add in apple cider reduction.

With blender running on low, remove the center of the lid. Very slowly, in a thin stream, pour in the oil. Continue to blend until an emulsion is reached.

  • No Sorghum? I hesitate to advise this, afraid to cause an uproar, but consider subbing in two or three tablespoons of molasses, then filling the rest of the measure (1/2 cup) with light corn syrup.

From the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Here are the components to my Taphouse Salad, but feel free to use this dressing in any way that suits you! Try the Taphouse Salad, though! 🙂

 

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I’ll be bringing this dressing and the rest of my Taphouse Salad over to Throwback Thursday, Quinn of Dad What’s 4 Dinner and  Alli from Tornadough host this blogging extravaganza.

I’ll also be bringing this outstanding dressing to Fiesta Friday 91, put on by Angie of the Novice Gardener. The hosts this week are hosts this week are Juju @ cookingwithauntjuju and Indira @ I’ll Cook, You Wash.

13 thoughts on “Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette”

  1. Not sure I even know what sorghum is 🙂 Is it like maple syrup? I do have molasses, though. As to why I have it, I can’t remember. Since I don’t seem to ever use it 😀 I think my daughter was reading Little House in the Prairie and asked if she could try molasses. I think that was why I bought it. So nice to know I can make this delicious vinaigrette with it!

    1. It is kind of like a mild. sweet molasses. If you think of it as a sweetener with a bit of earthy bite, that’s sorghum. Like if white sugar was Budweiser, Brown Sugar might be Samuel Adams, Molasses would be a Dark, more bitter Beer – Sorghum is kind of like a Trappist Ale – somewhere between Brown Sugar and Molasses.

      One great thing – Molasses keeps ForeEver! I’ve used bottles literally years old – just make sure the cap goes on very clean or you’ll never get it off!

      I’ll post my favorite Molasses Cookies for you next week! 🙂 You just reminded me of when my son was about 10 and noticed Spam in a store and asked what it was – we decided to buy it. Wow, was that a questionable choice~~

      1. My molasses is at least 5 yrs old. I tasted it and it didn’t seem to be off or anything. Amazing! Molasses cookies sound fabulous, thanks! The Spam experience, lol! It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure!

    1. Quinn, you are such a genius! I was thinking this would be good on a fruit salad, but on grilled fruit – wow! I can imagine it drizzled over grilled pineapple and served with ice-cream for dessert!

    1. I think you’ll love it – now I usually don’t like “sweetish” dressings, but this one is lovely and deep. I love the name of your blog, by the way, and thanks for stopping by and all the lovely comments~

  2. Ah, I love this dish! I love sorghum, although I’ve never made a dressing with it. I definitely thought you were going to go into a romantic relationship at the beginning of this blog post, but I’m glad you love this dressing so much! Yum! Happy FF!

    1. Believe it or not, I found it at Hy Vee in Sioux Falls and had to search all over for it in the Twin Cities. I always seem to have Bourbon, too, probably because I rarely drink it! I think it was bought for company. It’s nice to have a little excuse to pull it out and dust it off.

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