Apple Cider GastriqueA gastrique is a sweet-and-sour sauce at its simplest. You caramelize sugar, combine it with equal parts vinegar, and reduce it slightly to make a tart, slightly thickened syrup.
Yield: 2 cups
Active Time: 25 minutes
Start to Finish: 25 minutes
For this recipe you’ll need:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 shallot, minced
1 cup apple cider
1 cup chicken stock
1 tart apple, peeled and cut into small dice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Measure the sugar and water together in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the mixture is a golden caramel.
Remove from the heat and carefully pour in the vinegar. Add the shallot, and swirl the pan over low heat until the caramel has dissolved, about 1 minute.
Stir in the apple cider and chicken stock, and simmer until reduced to a nappé consistency (coats the back of a spoon).
Whisk in the diced apples and chives, and season with salt and pepper to taste.