I had a case of the Mondays yesterday and failed at getting my Monday post up, so today yawl are getting a twofer!!
I love brussels sprouts and I love them even more with a balsamic reduction drizzled/generously poured all over!! I had a specific favorite store-bought reduction, but it recently disappeared from the shelves. I’ve made a balsamic reduction before, but it was missing the wonderfully sweet flavor I was in search of. My heart was broken until I stumbled upon Fresh Thyme Farmers Market’s recipe section on their website. I decided to take a peek, and what did my eyes see?? A recipe for a SWEET balsamic reduction!!! I did a happy dance into my kitchen and instantly grabbed my balsamic vinegar and honey. Yup, that’s it. SUPER. EASY.
This recipe was for a specific dish, so I just increased the amount and ended up with about a 1/2 Cup of the reduction when everything was said and done.
So, start by pouring 1 cup of the Balsamic Vinegar into a small saucepan, and add 3 Tbsp. of honey. Over medium heat, bring the ingredients to a boil and stir until the honey has dissolved into the vinegar (you won’t feel any resistance from the honey on the bottom of the saucepan). Once boiling, turn your heat down to allow the mixture to simmer until it becomes syrupy. Remove it from the heat and let it cool (it will thicken even more). I believe this took around 5 minutes for me…just make sure to dip your spoon in the mixture along the way to check the thickness of the liquid. You’ll see that it will start to coat the spoon the longer it simmers.
I will have the brussels sprouts recipe up today that pairs so perfectly with this. You could also use it with a caprese salad, other roasted veggies, as a dressing in a sandwich…I’ve even see this used as a topping over vanilla ice cream!! I really want to try that!! I’m pretty sure you won’t use all of this on your first go, so just store the rest in the refrigerator. Happy eating and let me know what you ended up using it for!