Mango Dessert with Balsamic Reduction

So who all is ready for dessert?  (This is the part where everyone raises their hands and say “I am!  I am!”) 


Great because I am too.  But first, let’s talk about reductions.  So for those of you who know that it is, I’m sure you are rolling your eyes thinking, Wow, reductions…and those of you who don’t are probably going, Oh no…reductions! ? 

Basically, reductions sound really fancy and complicated but the are one of the simplest things you can do.  You are simply reducing the amount of liquid to intensify and concentrate the flavor more by cooking off the excess.

But this information is top secret!  Don’t share it because before you discovered what it was, I’ll bet you were really impressed when you heard the word “reduction” in a menu or recipe.  I certainly was!

So if you want to make something simple, healthy and impressively sexy you should try this out.  Perfect for impressing your date?  I think so!

And even better?  It is only 3 ingredients! 

Mango Dessert with Balsamic Reduction – serves 2-4

1-2 Mangos

1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette 

Fresh Thyme

When it starts to move slower like in this photo, you know you are getting closer to the consistency you want.

When it starts to move slower like in this photo, you know you are getting closer to the consistency you want.

Pour balsamic in a pan and heat on low using a spatula constantly to push it around.  Do not use medium heat- it will burn the balsamic!  This is a practice in being zen and patient- if it is bubbling it is too high!  Patiently continue to stir and scrape around for 5-10 minutes until the balsamic is reduced enough that it has thickened and is sticky to the touch (I checked by touching a cooled portion from the spatula).  Make it more or less thick according to your preference.

When the reduction is ready, scrape into a bowl or small container for storage.  (If you are making this for 2 people and are only using one mango, you will have leftover reduction.)

Remove skin and slice mangos (try to get really sweet ripe ones!)  into spears.  Drizzle balsamic on top and sprinkle with a little thyme.

Ta dahhh!  That’s it- now enjoy your sexy dessert.


Seriously.  Get some.


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