Balsamic-Fig Sauce

We tried substituting regular balsamic vinegar for aged balsamic vinegar but found the taste too sharp and pungent.


Makes 1 cup

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 7 Minutes


1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup fig preserves
1/3 cup port
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon cognac (optional)


1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer 6 to 7 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat; stir in cognac, if desired. Serve warm.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Alessi 20-Year Balsamic Vinegar aged in wood.

Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida,

Southern Living

November 2008
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