Best Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Recipe & 10 Mouth-Watering Ways to Use It by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area
A delicious balsamic vinegar reduction is actually very easy to make! Just remember to measure at least 4 cups of balsamic vinegar. For a nice rich glaze, any amount of balsamic vinegar should be reduced down to one-fourth of what you begin with.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10, depending on how you use it
- at least 4 cups balsamic vinegar
Here’s how to make it:
- In a high-sided quart sauce pan, bring the vinegar to a simmer.
- Stir until it thickens up to coat the back of a spoon. Once it starts to thicken, don't walk away – it has a high sugar content and can burn very quickly!
- Remove just before desired consistency.
Here are 10 mouth-watering ways to use it:
- Use as a finish glaze on warm grilled meats (such as the lamb chops in the main image).
- Drizzle over sweet fresh strawberries.
- It loves vanilla ice cream.
- Use as a final garnish right on the plate.
- Combine with olive oil for dipping bread.
- Use to dress warm roasted potatoes.
- It’s great paired with soft cheeses.
- Top your bruschetta with it.
- Great with Gorgonzola and honey, or Brie and pears.
- Succulent on grilled summer fruits like peaches or nectarines (such as in the photo below).
Need help converting cooking and baking measurements? Here are some handy kitchen conversion charts.
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