So before I get into my post on how to make a Balsamic Reduction, I have to share a bit of what’s going on in Honour System land right now. We’ve had a rough few days around here. On Thursday night a glitch on my website caused every post to disappear except the landing page. It took a little while to get them back, which was a tad scary and things are still not yet at 100%. Please forgive any odds and ends that may seem out of place while we continue the process of getting things back to normal around here.
Now onto this reduction!
I keep a running list on various pieces of scrap paper of post ideas and different things to make. Once they’ve been through my testing process and either posted or deemed un-blog worthy, I strike the item off my program.
I find inspiration from many things. It will range from foods I’ve always liked/made to ‘healthified’ favourites. I love Pinterest, and of course, restaurant fare. This balsamic reduction is influenced by the latter. Higher end restaurants often finish plates with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. It not only adds a bit of sweetness, it looks pretty fancy too!
Other than taking about thirty minutes, and really clearing out those sinuses if you get too big of a whiff, this method is super easy.
Basically heat the vinegar to a low bubbling boil and stir until it reduces to half the amount. I like to use a rounder bottomed skillet so that nothing gets into the rim and burns.
Heating the vinegar mellows the flavour and changes it from tasting acidic to capturing both a mildly sweet and savoury flavour. Use it in a salad dressing, drizzle over some chicken or maybe salmon. Balsamic reduction is also ah-mazing over cheese. Goat cheese or perhaps a mozzarella.
Yum. And fancy. 😉
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- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- In a round bottom skillet over medium, heat the vinegar to a low boil
- Reduce to medium low and let lightly bubble away, whisking every couple of minutes to make sure it doesn't burn
- It's ready when the vinegar has reduced in half, about 15-20 minutes
- Store in a sealed glass jar at room temperature