Monday, March 14, 2016

Cocoa-Balsamic Reduction #fatfree #sauce #NNM flavorful sauce for entrees and desserts

Cocoa-Balsamic Reduction
Why buy reduced balsamic at a gourmet store when you can make it so easily at home? Reduced balsamic vinegar adds amazing, velvety, fat-free flavor to salads, chicken, steak, fish, cheese, veggies and fruit such as strawberries or peaches.

Depending on what you're serving, balsamic can be reduced with other added flavors such as garlic cloves, rosemary, peppercorns, cinnamon, blueberries or orange. I used cocoa to make a tasty sauce to drizzle over Peaches Cannoli - a healthy dessert featured at a recent National Nutrition Month cooking class held at Inspira Health Network.

For best flavor, start with a good quality Italian balsamic vinegar made from grape must and aged in oak barrels.

2 cups Balsamic vinegar
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Putting it all together
In a stainless steel pot slowly simmer the balsamic vinegar. Whisk in the cocoa powder and reduce (40 minutes or so) until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir often and be careful not to let burn!

Remove from heat, cool and transfer to an airtight storage container or small plastic squeeze bottle. Store in refrigerator. Serve room temperature.

Enjoy! Savor the Flavor
Related Links

Everything You Need to Know about Balsamic Vinegar
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