One of my favorite summer recipes

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.  To make it, all you have to do is:

Pour about a cup of balsamic vinegar in a small pan and simmer until it is reduced in volume and is a syrupy consistency.  Be careful so that it doesn't burn at the end!  It will yield about 1/4 cup.

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

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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