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Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction is a great "go to" when you're looking for something to jazz up a dish or give a dish a little flavor boost, it's also a great food decorating tool.
It can be kept in the fridge for ages and doesn't go off if kept at the right temp.

Balsamic is a perfect accompaniment for cheese, especially parmesan or hard cheeses and can be drizzled over hot or cold alike. 
It's also the perfect accompaniment for tomatoes, dried meats and most other vegetables.
A crafty spoon of balsamic reduction makes ordinary food look like a superstar.

This reduction is easy to make (of course!) and doesn't take a long time to cook but I'd recommend making it with enough time to let it cool before you use it.
Don't waste your money on expensive vinegar for this as the "good stuff" will be wasted flavor wise.
You're best to use the good stuff natural and without any additives.

As for the other major ingredient in this reduction, wine, don't use expensive wine but likewise don't use old or "off" wine. 
The rule of thumb when cooking with wine is:

If you won't drink it, don't cook with it

Use only good, freshly opened wine and the fuller bodied the better flavor wise for this dish.

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction makes ordinary dishes look very appetizing.

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
Ingredients: 

250ml Balsamic vinegar 
250ml dry Red Wine 
60ml Sherry Vinegar
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar 

The Mix: 

Put all ingredients into a saucepan, bring to boil then reduce heat to a rolling simmer.
Allow to simmer (not boil) until the mixture reduces and thickens.
When the mixture coats the back of a spoon it's ready.
Allow to cool then refrigerate and use as needed.

Drink This: 

Drinking with with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction rather depends on what the main part of the dish is.
One rule though is to match the acidity of the dish with the acidity of the wine.

A wine with good acidity that would pair well with Balsamic is Chianti.

Chianti

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