4/28/09

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze: Anna Knows Best!

Last weekend Anna wrote about making her own balsamic glaze. Since she's the older twin, I sometimes like to copy her :)

In fact, she's the one who got me to like basil, sweet potatoes and a few non-food things that I will just keep to myself!

Balsamic glaze can be easily made at home: all you have to do is pour some of the balsamic vinegar in a small pot, add a few pinches of sugar, bring the mixture to a boil and boil until the mixture has been reduced by half. The consistency should be thick and syrupy.

You know what this reminded me of? Dark chocolate! Maybe it's the color and the texture (if you were to melt the chocolate)...but it also has this deep intense rich flavor!

It would be a fun April 1st joke: dip strawberries in balsamic glaze instead of chocolate! Surprisingly, they actually tasted really good!

Stay tuned for a salad recipe that uses this balsamic glaze and a few ingredients I picked up at the farmer's market.



19 comments:

Jo said...

so yummy and so simple! great post Olga! :)

recipes2share said...

Fantastic - and you are right, Strawberries are very well suited to balsamic though this looks quite some quantity!!:)

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh yummy!!

+Jessie

BlueToYou said...

fabulous! :) i've heard of doing this before actually. can't wait to see the salad recipe!

Sara said...

a balsamic glaze sounds great!

Junglefrog said...

Are you sure that strawberries and balsamic taste good together? It's not combination I would think of. Great joke though and one I am now very tempted to play on my boyfriend... Haha... good thing he has to wait another year for april 1 to come around again. I do think the smell would give it away right?

HoneyB said...

I actually think the balsalmic would go great on the strawberries! I was looking at a bottle of glaze in the store this morning - now that I know I can make it instead I think I will try!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

So divine photos Olga, never made a balsamic glaze, even on a strawberry the usual for me is on chocolate :)

Tasty and glorious work!

Melissa said...

strawberries and balsamic glaze together sounds pretty intense! :)

The Duo Dishes said...

The dipped strawberry is a great idea really. The color of the glaze is deep and pretty.

Christie @ Fig & Cherry said...

Mmm, yummy, great photos!

Would be great on a cheese plate I think.

Denise said...

Yum! Never made one of these before. I am going to give it a try. Thanks!

5 Star Foodie said...

Balsamic glaze sounds wonderful with strawberries!

gail said...

Beautiful post! Love those strawberries!

Jennifer said...

The glaze is also great on salmon. I think I'll make some soon and pair it with your salad! Yummy!

Erin said...

I actually have Strawberry Basil Balsamic Vinegar I've been using for salads, but I bet reducing it would be great! Thanks for the tip!

cia007girl said...

Tried the actual glaze on watermelon yesterday. Highly disappointing.

gaga said...

It really does look like chocolate! I think strawberries and balsamic is just a good as combo as strawberries and chocolate, maybe even better!

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for the recipe! Love it with strawberries.