Berries with Balsamic Glaze and Lemon Zest

Serves 2

2 cups berries of your choice: sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
For the glaze:
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 Tb honey
Lemon zest

Bring the vinegar to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the liquid is reduced by about a third (about 8 minutes), and then add the honey. Simmer for another minute. The glaze is ready as soon as it starts to coat the back of your spoon. You can continue to reduce it to any thickness that you like, but I would recommend erring on the side of thinner since it will continue to thicken up once you remove it from the heat.

Arrange your berries and drizzle the glaze over them. Sprinkle some lemon zest on top and serve.

Although it sounds fancy, balsamic glaze is a simple, versatile condiment that is a beautiful addition to elevate a nice steak, punch up the flavor profile of avocado toast, or enhance a wide variety of dishes. It’s a welcome staple for many chefs to bring simple flavors into a whole new beautiful dimension. It can be the star of a dish or a strong supporting character.

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