I have a tendency to appreciate strong flavors. Black coffee, Thai spicy level green papaya salad, really fermented kimchi. This preference also includes really tart things like fresh squeezed limeade, pickle backs, and sour beers. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in my household who has an affinity for these aforementioned foods and drinks. Which generally means this strawberry and thyme balsamic reduction does not get made very often. Nevertheless, it’s awesome. A little goes a long way. And if you have people in your household who do like tart, sour things, you should probably make a double batch.
Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit saucy. Roasted strawberry compote, chimichurri sauce, miso ginger dressing, this strawberry and thyme balsamic reduction. Is it the warm weather with its extensive sunshine and light until past 8pm? Perhaps. But really, I think it’s because sauces and dressings have a way of bringing out the best flavors when paired with amazing food. You can use them with a variety of dishes which means you get a lot of bang for your buck when you make them. Most of them take less than 15 minutes too! So if you’re looking for an easy way to kick up the flavor of your meals, I recommend getting a bit saucy yourself.
A balsamic reduction (also called a balsamic glaze) is a simple sauce to add to fruit preserves, fruit salads, grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and more. It’s called a reduction because you simmer the balsamic vinegar until it reduces in quantity. Voila. The balsamic reduction adds a pop of acidity and flavor. Plus, like this strawberry and thyme balsamic reduction, it is totally customizable with added flavors! See the recipe notes for some additional flavor ideas. This strawberry and thyme balsamic reduction would be great on a fruit plate, with baked brie or drizzled over a watermelon feta salad in the summer time.
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Strawberry and Thyme Balsamic Reduction
This quick, easy balsamic reduction if flavored with strawberries and thyme for a delicious glaze to add to salads, fruit preserves, and more!
roasted strawberry compote (see note)
In a small saucepan over low heat, bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer. Add in roasted strawberries and fresh thyme. Let simmer until thickened and reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
Use immediately or store in an airtight container up to 1 week. Recipe yields about 1/4 cup.
Recipe for Easy Roasted Strawberry Compote
Do you have a hood vent over your stove? Turn it on before you start reducing the balsamic. Your nasal passages will thank you. Be sure to use a balsamic vinegar you like! The reduction will concentrate the flavors. I store my balsamic reduction with the whole strawberries and thyme sprigs but you could strain those out to store.
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Don’t have fresh thyme? Lemon zest, lime zest, mint, oregano, or lavender are other options you can use in this strawberry balsamic reduction. You can also use dried thyme. Start with 1 teaspoon and adjust from there. Feel free to add fresh strawberries to this balsamic reduction and skip the strawberry compote. You could also use a few tablespoons of jam instead.