Blueberries coming in season
- debit Jun 24, 2008 08:17 AM
Looking for new ideas to do with blueberries besides pancakes, pies, muffins, and coffee cake. Not that these are bad (goodness NO!) but I am looking for something new and different, maybe even a bit fancy.
I just love berry season!
I recently made blueberry bar cookies by basically making a blueberry jam/pie filling on the stovetop with fresh berries and then sandwiching it between crust pressed into a pan and crumble/topping as the top layer. You have to wait until they're completely cool to cut them but they held together well and were a big hit!
Blueberries and basil an amazing combination. This started with some blueberry basil jam that I bought. Recently ...sorry don't remember what I did with them ... but I combined fresh blueberries with fresh basil and it was magnificant.
Since I can't remember, here's a few basil/blueberry ideas I found on the web.that sounded good to me.
Blueberry basil sorbet
Mixed berry gratin with basil sabayon (I'd just keep it to blueberries with the sabayon)
Blueberry, Basil and Rum Cocktail
OK ... no basil, but this sounded good
This link is for me because I'm intrigued by the idea. However, I wouldn't put onion or pepper in it and I'd sub the cilantro for basil. Need to think about the dressing too. There are some other interesting recipes like Blueberry Polka Dot Popsicles and Blueberry Kuchen
Peach, Blueberry and Fennel Salad
This is just a site with a gazillion blueberry recipes in one place
I make a peach/blueberry galette (open crust pie). The pie dough recipe is from Cook's Illustrated summer 2004. It's pretty basic but the twist is to do French fraisage with the dough (smearing it) to make it more flaky, less doughy. It's 1 lb. peeled, sliced peaches and 1 pint blueberries. Much easier than a 2 crust pie. Looks like it comes from a pastry shop with a bit of melted currant jam spread on after baking for gloss.
Also have made blueberry meringue. You make (2) 9 in layers of Swiss meringue, let dry out in oven. Spread lemon curd (homemade or purchased) and layer of blueberries on first layer, top with second and repeat. If you really want to gild the lily, you can decorate with strawberries, kiwi or other fruit and melted currant or apricot jam. To keep the meringue layers crisp, use soon after filling.
If you are a vodka drinker,add bluberries to vodka with a tsp. of sugar. Leave it on the counter for 2 weeks and give it a shake every time you pass by. Makes a wonderful flavored vodka and such a pretty color!!!
Not to digress, but can anyone comment on where the best quality blueberries can be found? I enjoy North Carolina and New Jersey blueberries most, but I recently purchased blueberries from Florida and I have yet to try them. Hopefully they are good. Keep those suggestions coming for the OP please. TIA.