In Which I Drizzle Balsamic Reduction on Everything

I really like food in general, and some foods I love, such as guacamole dip.  Other such foods I will always love?  Burritos, chips, ice cream, bread, berries in the summertime, lemon bars, sweet potatoes, crunchy apples in the fall, cheeses, eggs for breakfast, salads.  That may sum it up, actually.  I'm pretty sure I could be perfectly happy always eating the things from that short list.  I would also be quite LARGE eating only those things, but aside from that, I do think I could be perfectly happy.

And then there are seasons where I go through a phase of loving One Thing, and I will eat that One Thing all the time.   Like the year I ate this little concoction constantly.  It was my favorite thing.  (So much so that I sort of panicked if I ran out of any of those ingredients.) But that was a few years ago, and it is no longer my thing.  (I passed that obsession on to my friend Michelle, who is still eating it and ranting and raving about it to me every chance she gets. ;)) 

Right now my One Thing is balsamic reduction.  And I'm drizzling it over everything.
IMG_2489This photo right here was my dinner: Spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, homemade croutons (from homemade bread), ground turkey (bacon would have been far better, but we were out) and sliced almonds.  And then I dumped balsamic reduction over the top of it all.  (I also drizzled a bit of honey.  And sprinkled some feta.)  SO yummy.

This morning, for breakfast, I roasted sweet potatoes and onions, made some homemade croutons, fried an egg,  and drizzled balsamic reduction over the top of it all.

For lunch today we had open-faced cheese sandwiches, and I spooned out some balsamic reduction onto my plate so that I could mop up my cheesy bread in all of that goodness.

So so delicious.  For those of you who are missing out on this: Heat 3-4 cups of balsamic vinegar and 1 T of sugar or honey over medium heat until it reduces by half and is syrupy in consistency.  Put it in a covered jar and keep it in your fridge and then drizzle it over everything.

You're welcome.

Now you can list your favorite foods in the comments-- you know, the ones you would be perfectly happy eating always.  :)

IMG_2491PS: Tonight (after I'd written this post), I went to Trader Joe's and noticed these Coconut Strips on the shelf.  I briefly looked at them and then passed them by until some woman came along and reached across me to grab several bags of them to stick in her cart.  Clearly I needed to take a second look.  (I do love coconut, afterall.)  So I bought a bag.  Then I sampled them on the way home and told Mark the second I walked in the door that had I known they were going to be so good, I might have purchased SEVENTEEN bags of them, because: YUM.  (Don't worry.  I will refrain from dipping these in the balsamic reduction.) 


  1. Ooh, that sounds so good. Guess what I'm going to make this week?

  2. It's going to happen here too! Yum.

  3. I'm totally making this! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. The Copper Hog serves roasted Brussels sprouts with a balsamic reduction and red chili flakes and they are so delicious! Even better if you add bacon. Now I know how to make them at home!!!

    1. Coralee- I LOVE the Copper Hog! It's truly one of my favorite places to eat in town. (I think I'm too scared of Brussel Sprouts to try that, though. ???? (I will TRY to work up my courage.)) But their house-cut fries with the gravy and meat and cheese? ---I could practically swoon over how delicious that is. !!!

  4. I'm totally with you on this: I've been caught dipping my finger in streaks of balsalmic reduction left behind on my plate--while at fancy a restaurant. Embarrassing, but totally worth it :)

    Also--the Copper Hog? They would definitely do Brussels sprouts right!

    1. Mmm! Me too, Thea! I'm always sad if they take my plate away before I get to get all those yummy drippings. ;) And: obviously I need to try Brussel sprouts at the Copper Hog.


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