Blueberries have a fantastic reputation: Of all the summer fruits, blueberries are the most potent source of antioxidants, and they are a good source of fiber and high in vitamin C. Most importantly, they are delish!
To pick the best of the crop, look for berries that are firm and similar in size. Store them in a single layer in a moisture-proof container for up to five days. And don't wash until you're ready to use them.
You can save a few berries for muffins, but not before you try one of these five recipes that use blueberries in ways you might not have thought of before!
Key Lime a la Blueberry: You can take two summer favorites and pair them together in a refreshing, yet tart, treat. Blueberries make a colorful and flavorful addition to Key Lime Pie. Just top the pie with fresh berries (see above photo), and you are good to go!
Blueberry Mojito: Blueberries are perfect for breakfast or lunch -- or happy hour! You can throw some blueberries, lime wedges, and mint leaves into a glass, muddle them together, add some vodka, and top it off with club soda. Pour the mixture over ice and garnish with fresh blueberries. Who needs dinner anyway?
Chicken Cutlets With Blueberry Sauce: Looking for a new way to serve chicken? (Who isn't?) Give plain old chicken breasts a modern twist with blueberry sauce. To make the sauce: Combine half a cup of chicken stock, a cup of blueberries, and two tablespoons of butter, and simmer over low heat. Spoon the sauce over grilled, sauteed, or baked chicken breasts. Your taste buds will thank you.
Chilled Blueberry Soup: In a blender or food processor, combine blueberries, apple juice, honey, lemon juice, lemon peel, and cardamon. Strain it and serve with a dollop of vanilla yogurt.
Blueberry Focaccia: Is it bread? Is it dessert? Is it breakfast? Is it a snack? It's all of the above! This recipe is on the sweeter side (because of its lemon sugar topping), but I can imagine this would be really good with a savory addition of grated sharp cheddar or perhaps some orange zest.
What is your favorite blueberry recipe?
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