Spiced Grapes in Port Dessert Sauce

A combination of star anise, balsamic vinegar, and a touch of black pepper imbues sophisticated flavors. Serve this thin sauce with vanilla ice cream or with pound cake.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1/3 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 124
  • Calories from fat: 3%
  • Fat: 0.4g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 20.8g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Calcium: 11mg

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ruby port
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (1-inch) strip lemon rind
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved

Preparation

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Remove lemon rind and anise; discard. Add vinegar and pepper to wine mixture; cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in grapes. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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