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Apple Cider Gastrique 

A 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Stir in the apple cider and chicken stock, and simmer until reduced to a nappé consistency (coats the back of a spoon).

    4. Whisk in the diced apples and chives, and season with salt and pepper to taste.