A couple of years ago during one of my visits to Outback Steakhouse I ordered a Wedge Salad with my dinner. It was my first wedge salad at Outback; and when it came to the table I didn’t know what to think. There was a dark colored unknown syrupy substance on my plate. I didn’t eat it. I wanted to know what it was because that detail was left off from the menu’s description of the salad. When the server came back to the table I asked her what it was and she explained it was a balsamic glaze. I still didn’t know how that was supposed to compliment my salad so I tried a taste with my fork. I was pleasantly surprised at the sweetness of this new to me glaze garnish. It was so delicious I wanted more than just a drizzle touch on my plate. I wanted it on my on my salad too with my ranch dressing.
From there I researched the internet to find out how to make my own glaze so I could dress my salad just the way I wanted to. It’s very simple. All you need is just a bottle of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
Sweet Balsamic Glaze
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
In a small sauce pot combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved while warming over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Set stove top to low and simmer until mixture has reduced by half. This should take 20-30 minutes. The glaze is done when it coats the back of a spoon. Let cool.
Use as a garnish for salads, fruits, nuts and cheese.
Store left overs in a small jar.
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