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5 Unexpected Recipes to Make the Most of Your Fresh-Picked Blueberries

posted: 08/10/17
by: Blythe Copeland

Spending the morning at the blueberry farm can leave you with gallons of fresh, sweet berries -- but if your lineup of tried-and-true recipes doesn't vary much from baked goods (pancakes, muffins, pie) then it's easy to get bored. This year, use the berries as a base or topping for pizza, barbecue sauce, sangria, sweet potatoes, or salsa with these simple recipes.

Blueberry, Feta, and Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza
Kitchen Confidant
1. Blueberry, Feta, and Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza

Light, simple, homemade pizzas are a foolproof summer meal: With the right ingredients, they can feel fancy enough for guests -- but they don't require hours in the kitchen. This blueberry-topped pizza from Kitchen Confidante relies on pre-made naan for its crust, while onions caramelized with honey, a ricotta-feta cheese mixture, fresh berries, and baby arugula are dinner-party ready in about 20 minutes.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans
Bravo for Paleo

2. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans

Add a little bit of summer to your favorite fall side dish with these instructions for twice baked sweet potatoes with blueberries and pecans from Bravo for Paleo. Blogger Monica Bravo worked on the recipe as part of her job at Opal Basil restaurant in Louisiana, but you can recreate the dish at home with just four ingredients-- potatoes, butter, pecans, and berries -- and a few simple techniques: Bake the potatoes, toast the pecans in butter and stir in the blueberries, then scoop the potato out of the skin, add some of the pecan mixture, refill the skins, and bake for ten more minutes.

Blueberry and Red Bell Pepper Salsa
The Stay At Home Chef

3. Blueberry and Red Bell Pepper Salsa

Whether you're serving chips and salsa for a post-beach happy hour at the vacation house, as part of a summer barbecue to feed a crowd, or just alongside your favorite Mexican recipes for a weeknight dinner, this recipe for blueberry and red bell pepper salsa from The Stay At Home Chef is a welcome twist on the usual. Instead of tomatoes, mix blueberries with diced red onion, jalape?os, red onion, and cilantro for a fruity salsa that's sweet and spicy.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
The Taylor House

4. Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Sweet blueberries pair well with so many savory flavors that you'll find them in recipes for roasted chicken, chicken salad, ribs, salmon, pork, and more -- but the easiest way to incorporate them into your favorite meat dishes is with a versatile blueberry barbecue sauce, like this one from The Taylor House. Cooked, smashed berries are blended with onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, honey, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and mustard to create a rich sauce that pairs well with whatever you're planning to toss on the grill tonight.

Blue Berry Lavender Sangria
Lively Table

5. Blueberry Lavender Sangria

The suggestion of sangria usually conjures up visions of flavorful red wine spiked with citrus, apples, and berries -- but this lighter recipe for blueberry lavender sangria from Lively Table calls for a bubbly, summery prosecco poured over homemade lavender syrup (made with a simple DIY lavender sugar), ice, and fresh blueberries. It's a light, sweet, and refreshing addition to your summer menu, and a festive way to use just-picked (or store-bought) blueberries.