Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
This combination actually goes back in time—hundreds of years at least—to northern Italy. We wanted to pay homage to this time-honored tradition and create our own dessert, with the vinegar enhancing but not overwhelming the flavor of bright, summer berries.
Why This Recipe Works
For our strawberries with balsamic vinegar recipe, we tried all types of sweeteners with our sliced strawberries, and chose light brown sugar because its molasses notes echoed the flavor of the balsamic vinegar. The type of traditional balsamic vinegar that should be used in a strawberries with balsamic vinegar recipe is viscous and syrupy. We attempted to make an imitation by simmering supermarket balsamic until thick and reduced. While this worked to attain the right texture, the flavor was extremely sharp and harsh. We found that by adding a little sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice to the vinegar before reducing it, we were able to achieve a closer approximation.