Balsamic Tomato Toast- My Favorite Summer Recipe

Last summer I made balsamic reduction for the first time and got hooked.  I can't believe how good it makes tomatoes taste.  I had been intimidated by "balsamic reduction" because it sounds so fancy, but it only takes one ingredient and is super easy to make.

How to Make Balsamic Reduction

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar (or more if want a larger batch)
  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pan.
  2. Simmer until it is reduced in volume and is a syrupy consistency.  
  3. Be careful so that it doesn't burn at the end! 
  4. Yields about 1/4 cup.

I use this balsamic reduction on top of one of my favorite summer recipes:

Balsamic Tomato Toast

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Cheese- your favorite kind
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil
  • Balsamic reduction

Butter one side of the bread and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Lay butter-side-down in a pan and toast on your stove like you would grilled cheese (only toast the bottom of the slice).  This will give a nice crunchy underside to your tomato toast.
On top of the bread, lay sliced cheese and sliced tomatoes.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Broil in the oven until cheese is bubbly (mine took 7 minutes).
After removing from the oven, garnish with basil and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.  

Enjoy!

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