A homemade Balsamic Glaze will bring just about anything to the next level – bruschetta, chicken, vegetables, salad, steak, fruit, etc. So easy to make and the sweet and tangy flavor is out of this world!
The Best Balsamic Glaze (Reduction)
There is nothing like a balsamic glaze to liven up your recipe! The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. You don’t need to run out and buy an expensive balsamic glaze, it is incredibly easy to make with only 2 ingredients that you very well may already have in your pantry! Perfect for drizzling on top of your favorite bruschetta recipe or on some roasted vegetables. Plus, it can easily be stored in the fridge to use on any of your favorite recipes.
What You Will Need
- balsamic vinegar – it is recommended to use a good quality balsamic vinegar that is from the Modena or Reggio Emilia areas of Italy for best results. This should be noted on the label.
- sugar – a bit of sugar helps to bring out the sweetness. Option to use less or a little more depending on how sweet you like it.
Difference Between Balsamic Vinegar And Balsamic Glaze
Balsamic vinegar is used to make balsamic glaze by simmering it in a small saucepan (with a bit of sugar) on the stovetop until it reduces by about half. It should then be thick enough to coat a spoon and have a sweet and tangy flavor.
How to Make A Homemade Balsamic Glaze:
I used a larger saucepan so that the vinegar would reduce more quickly. Pour your balsamic vinegar into the pan and add the sugar. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.
What Is The Best Balsamic Vinegar To Use
As for what kind of balsamic vinegar to use, I have made this many, many times and I have to say that the for the best tasting glaze I used a 20 year aged balsamic vinegar, preferably one from the Modena or Reggio Emilia areas of Italy. As usual, the better quality product you use, the better the end result. That being said, I have also used the cheapest version of balsamic vinegar and it still tastes good, so don’t over think it.
Best Ways To Serve A Balsamic Glaze
The options are endless! We love drizzling a generous amount on our favorite fresh bruschetta appetizer, on a bruschetta chicken pasta, or on our favorite roasted or grilled vegetables for a side dish that really packs a punch of flavor. Salads and sandwiches are another great way to serve this versatile glaze and don’t forget it when making an amazing Caprese Burger!
How To Store Balsamic Glaze
It couldn’t be simpler! Once it has cooled you can just place it in an airtight container and store in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Perfect for adding to any of your favorite recipes all week long!
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Balsamic Glaze (Reduction) – A simple recipe for homemade sweet balsamic glaze that will bring all of your favorite recipes to the next level!
- 8.5 oz container of balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
- Add balsamic vinegar and sugar to large saucepan.
- Whisk to fully combine.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce to simmer.
- Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Glaze is done when it coats the back of a spoon (remember it will thicken as it cools).
- If you don’t want too sweet of a glaze, start with 1/4 cup sugar and taste it at the 20 minute mark. You can always add more sugar.
- The better the balsamic vinegar you use, the better the glaze.
- Storage: once it has cooled you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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