Rosemary Honey Balsamic Reduction – SRC

by Suzanne on October 13, 2013

Rosemary Honey Balsamic ReductionIt is time once again for my monothly Secret Recipe Club recipe.  I know, it seems that’s all I post these days.  But you know how life can sometimes get in the way of the best laid plans?  It seems that has been happening over and over.  Not bad stuff, just “stuff”.  Mostly all good, and some even great!!!

Speaking of good stuff, don’t pass this one up!  My SRC assignment this month was The Tasty Cheapskate, written by the amazing and frugal, Jean.  The name of her blog says it all.  Tasty AND enjoying meals not just for their taste, but for the money that is still left in your wallet after you’ve eaten and cleaned up the dishes.  She tells you exactly what she prepares and how much it cost for the meal.  Where else can you get that kind of information?!?!

After pulling up her blog on my computer, I quickly figured out that this was not going to be easy.  Too many good ideas bombarded me all at once.  I became caught up in seeing what the meals were and how much money she forked over for them.

Forked over.

Get it?

Anyhoo, if you are looking to eat well and save money, check out her blog.  More specifically, check out The Cheap Eat Challenge.  There are six people in her family and she fed them – and fed them well – on $6 a day.  For the WHOLE family, not per person.  I know you will be duly impressed by her creativity and the flavors of her meals.

I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw her pork chops with a balsamic reduction.  I LOVE balsamic vinagrette and love a reduction even more.  And, while my garden has not been prolific this year (damn grasshoppers), my Rosemary bush never lets me down.

I was set!

In keeping with Jean’s tradition, I will tell you I spent $5.63 on 5 pieces of the “New York Strip” side of the pork chop chops.  The way my Mountain Man and I eat these days, I knew this would be enough for us for two meals, not just one.  So, make that $2.82 on the chops.  I already had the vinegar, honey, butter and rosemary.  One medium yellow and zucchini squashes with a half onion, and one orange bell pepper came to about $1.25.  So, all in all, this meal cost $4.07 for two people, if my math is correct.

Don’t check.  Just go with it.

And we had MORE than plenty to eat.  Sure enough there were 2.5 of the 5 chops left over and enough veggies for another meal – if I add in a green salad for us to share.

$2 EACH!!

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Rosemary Honey Balsamic Reduction
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Serves: 10
This balsamic reduction is ridiculously good! I can already see using it on pork roast, grilled chicken, grilled chops, and, if I added a little Sriracha sauce, well . . . You get the idea.
  • ⅓ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Local Honey (I used a local wildflower and it was GREAT with this)
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ tsp finely chopped Fresh Rosemary (or ⅛ tsp dried rosemary)
  1. Mix vinegar and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Let the mixture boil until the liquid has been reduced by about half. You want it to look a bit syrupy.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer and add butter and rosemary
  4. Stir until butter is melted.
  5. Use like a barbeque sauce with pork chops on the grill or drizzle over fried or baked pork chops.
  6. Excellent when served with a vegetable stir fry!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily October 14, 2013 at 2:55 AM

That’s so awesome to get two meals for the price of one!


Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z October 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM

I make a lot of roasted vegetables, but mine always taste the same. Can’t wait to try this sauce with the vegetables. Sounds wonderful


Suzanne October 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

This stuff is great! I think you will like it on lots of foods!


Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair October 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Looks delicious! I bet the sauce would be great on chicken breast too!


Suzanne October 14, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Ooooo, yes! Chicken breast would be delicious with it!


maria @ close tohome October 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

love balsamic reductions but rarely make them. Thanks for this great recipe idea.


danielle October 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I bet this reduction would be great on anything!


Suzanne October 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

It is amazing the flavor that the honey gives to the “finish” taste of the reduction. Mine was made with wildflowers and had a tiny bit of those flavors coming through.


Miz Helen October 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Hi Suzanne,
This is a great reduction that would add to so many different dishes. Thank you for being a great team leader for our Group B, have a fun day!
Miz Helen


Suzanne October 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Oh, thank you Miz Helen! You are a delight and yes, this would be good on just about anything!


SeattleDee October 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Rosemary and pork pair nicely any time, but this balsamic/honey/rosemary reduction sounds extra tasty. I am SO impressed with you and Jean sharing the Be Frugal Eat Well approach.


Suzanne October 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Food is sooooo expensive! But, with just a little planning, the cost can be reduced significantly. It’s kind of shocking to see it in print, though! And yep, EXTRA tasty!


Jean October 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it. I’ve been eating a similar balsamic reduction on a warm salad and it makes me want to swoon.


Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel October 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM

This sounds SO yummy… I’d probably drink it straight lol… Ok, maybe not, but I’d definitely drown EVERYTHING in it!


Chaya October 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

What an appetizing plate. You really should send us all samples.


Shelley C October 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

That looks and sounds outstanding. I wonder what meat I should make this week as an excuse to make this?? Awesome choice.


Katrina October 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Ooh, I love balsamic anything. And reduction just makes it taste even better.
Good math. (Didn’t check for correctness, like you said.) You are always so forking funny. Makes me smile.


colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess October 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

This sounds like a delicious way to prepare pork chops. Nice pick!


Rebekah October 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM

What a yummy looking dinner!! I love having versatile sauces that go with several meats. Perfect.
So fun having your blog this month!


Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! October 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Oh my! You could put this on just about anything – veggies, chicken, fish, pork. I love balsamic reductions and adding honey and rosemary is such a nice touch.


Jenny Hartin October 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

That looks delicious!


Suzanne October 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

It’s my sister from another mother! Yes, it IS delicious! I made enough to keep some in the refrigerator and use with pure abandon. 😀


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