In food preparation, maceration is softening, or breaking into pieces using a liquid. Raw, dried or preserved fruit or vegetables are soaked in a liquid to soften the food or absorb the flavor of the liquid into the food. This process makes the food more flavorful and easier to chew and digest. The following recipe is also a nice base for a classic vinaigrette.
- 2 Tbp. minced shallot
- 1/4 cup Sherry vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
- Salt & Pepper to taste.
- Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- Add shallots to vinegar andd let sit about 1 hour.
- Add remaining ingredients to taste for a simple vinaigrette.
- Dress the asparagus.