STRAWBERRY MOZZARELLA WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE

061314_foodI love this one — very impressive, yet easy. Use as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert.

2 balls natural fresh mozzarella, sliced (or buy 2 packages of already-sliced mozzarella in a log shape)
1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (or you can use Splenda)
1 to 2 fresh thyme sprigs, optional but good

In a very small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar, sugar and thyme to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer, uncover and let cook until sauce is reduced by a third, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, discard the thyme and let cool. If refrigerated, bring to room temp. Spread cheese slices on a plate in one layer and top with the strawberry slices. Drizzle syrup just before serving. 6 to 8 servings (serve with a small spatula, if possible).

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