Try this 6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce over some yogurt or ice cream. Made with fresh or frozen strawberries and balsamic vinegar using the microwave so it can be done in 6 minutes.
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 6-Minute 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. However, 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.
- 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.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 26 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 0g
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