Most commonly used to glaze meat and poultry. Drizzle this over fresh strawberries or creamy goat cheese to tweak their flavors. It's also a great glaze for sweet potatoes. Gotten from Rachael Ray's show, where Sheryl Crow was a guest.
- In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally as the mixture heats. Let the mixture boil for 10-12 minutes or until reduced by half.
- Reduce the heat to low so the vinegar simmers. Stir in the thyme, sage, bay leaf, rosemary, and peppercorns and let the gastrique simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
- Strain the gastrique into a glass bowl and let it cool to room temperature. At this point, the gastrique should be the consistency of light syrup, and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon . Use right away or cover and store at room temperature for up to 10 days. Enjoy!