Try this 6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce over some yogurt or ice cream. Made with fresh or frozen strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
It can be difficult to find flavorful and reasonably priced strawberries in the wintertime. So how’s a person to get their strawberry fix? Try this strawberry balsamic sauce with frozen strawberries.
Frankly, if I can’t get good, fresh strawberries, frozen ones are not an option for me unless I’m making a smoothie– until now. When cooked in the microwave, frozen strawberries are transformed into a thick and richly flavored sauce. Some would call it a reduction but I call it perfect for pouring over yogurt and ice cream. I can’t stop thinking of other possibilities such as pound cake or waffles.
What led me to this discovery was an assignment by the California Strawberry Commission to come up with a healthy recipe using frozen strawberries. Since smoothies and ice cream have already been done a few zillion times, I decided to try making a healthy strawberry dressing using strawberries prepared in a similar way.
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY-BALSAMIC SAUCE IN THREE EASY STEPS:
Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries–a little smaller than seen here.
Place into nothing smaller than a 1-quart Pyrex bowl. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to uncooked strawberries or leave it out if you prefer.
Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. Sauce thickens as it cools.
This will remind you of strawberry preserves except it’s a little thinner and not as sweet unless you add sugar or sweetener. If I want it sweeter, depending on what I’m serving it with, I start with 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey or 2 packets of Splenda and go from there.
Shopping tip: Frozen strawberries are significantly more economical in the big box stores. Worth a trip.Print
A strawberry-balsamic reduction made quickly and easily in the microwave in 6 minutes.
- 1-1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 pkg sweetener, optional
- Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries.
- Place into nothing smaller than a 1-quart Pyrex bowl. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to uncooked strawberries or leave it out if you prefer.
- Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. Sauce thickens as it cools.
Keywords: springrecipes, sauce, dressing, strawberries