Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction)

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  • Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction) – So easy to make at home and takes only 2 ingredients! Try putting this balsamic glaze recipe on top of salads, veggies, pasta…you name it. So simple and absolutely delicious!

    I LOVE putting balsamic glaze on top of roasted vegetables, caprese kabobsbruschetta, chicken, pasta… pretty much anything! It adds so much flavor and is so easy to make at home!

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    Balsamic reduction

    Believe it or not, a balsamic glaze (also known as a balsamic reduction) is SO easy to make at home! I used to buy balsamic glaze from the store, but then realized how simple it is to make and have been making a homemade version ever since. It’s such a flavorful topping to add to so many dishes and is one of my favorites to have stocked in the fridge.

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    One of the best things about this balsamic glaze recipe is that it takes only 2 ingredients to make. You simply just simmer balsamic and honey in a saucepan until the glaze thickens and you’ll have a homemade balsamic reduction in no time. So easy and absolutely delicious!

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    What is balsamic glaze?

    I’ve had readers ask if there is a difference between using a balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze when I have talked about it before. There is a BIG difference. Putting straight balsamic vinegar on top of a piece of bread would soak in and make it mushy. However the balsamic glaze would sit nicely on top. It’s almost like a thick syrup. A balsamic glaze is a reduction of balsamic vinegar. Once it simmers down it thickens up. As The Pioneer Women puts it “sweet sticky gold.”

    How to make balsamic glaze

    All it takes is 2 ingredients to make this balsamic reduction. Ready to give it a try? Just follow the simple steps below. Scroll down for the printable balsamic glaze recipe.

    1. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to a simmer over medium heat, then stir in the honey.
    2. Once the mixture begins to simmer, turn down to medium low. Lightly simmer, stirring occasionally until it has reduced in half and has started to thicken. About 7 to 10 minutes. A good rule of thumb if it is done, is to see if it will stick to the back of a spoon. Then you know it’s ready!
    3. Pour into a small glass jar or bowl and cover. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will thicken as it cools. Stays fresh up to one month.

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    Favorite ways to use balsamic glaze recipe

    Salads: Balsamic glaze tastes amazing on all types of salads and adds such a flavorful touch. I like to add it to caprese or Italian style salads.

    Pizza: This balsamic reduction is such a nice and surprising compliment to pizza. I especially like to add it to homemade garlic french bread pizza and or when I make a margherita pizza with my homemade pizza dough.

    Protein: Try topping bruschetta chicken or baked chicken with balsamic reduction.

    Vegetables: My favorite way to use balsamic glaze is to drizzle over vegetables and bake, like in my one pan balsamic chicken and veggies recipe. The flavors cook perfectly together and the end result is delicious.

    Pasta: Using balsamic glaze in pasta dishes is a great addition. Try drizzling this balsamic reduction on top of my one pot caprese pasta.

    Desserts: Although this might be a surprise to some, balsamic glaze is delicious as a dessert topping. One of my favorites is to drizzle on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and either fresh mint or basil leaves.

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    Balsamic Glaze Recipe

    Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction) - So easy to make at home and takes only 2 ingredients! Try putting this balsamic glaze recipe on top of salads, veggies, pasta...you name it. So simple and absolutely delicious!

    Course Condiment
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword balsamic glaze
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 9 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 8
    Calories 44 kcal
    Author Jamielyn

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 2 Tablespoons honey

    Instructions

    1. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to a simmer over medium heat, then stir in the honey. 

    2. Once the mixture begins to simmer, turn down to medium low. Lightly simmer, stirring occasionally until it has reduced in half and has started to thicken. About 7 to 10 minutes. A good rule of thumb if it is done, is to see if it will stick to the back of a spoon. Then you know it's ready! 

    3. Pour into a small glass jar or bowl and cover. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will thicken as it cools. Stays fresh up to one month. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Balsamic Glaze Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 44
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 7mg 0%
    Potassium 35mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
    Sugars 9g
    Calcium 0.9%
    Iron 1.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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