What to do with gooseberries?
I bought a gooseberry bush last year and got about 8 gooseberry's. This year I got about 40. Man that is a tart tasting fruit and I am told it's basically only good for cooking as in jams or pies. What do you use it for?
Gooseberry fool for hot weather, gooseberry crumble for cooler. Gooseberry jam is delicious and as the name suggests, goes well as a sauce for fatty meats such as goose but also with oily fish such as mackerel (this is traditional in parts of the UK). Just simmer the fruit until soft and push through a sieve to remove the seeds, season as required.
The red-fleshed ones are sweet enough to eat on their own but I find the green need a little sugar.
A variation on the gooseberry sauce with fresh mackerel idea is to use the ready cooked supermarket smoked mackerel fillets and make a sauce with the gooseberry, a little sugar and good dollop of horseradish sauce (from a jar).
Next year you'll have 120. Aside from jam or pie, there are a multitude of ways to use gooseberries. They make a nice spiced chutney, which goes well with poultry, pork or even salmon:
I can't vouch for the gooseberry salad recipe listed on the link, though.
The bestest and simplest way I've ever eaten gooseberries is in a fool; just the berries poached with sugar until tender, put through a food mill and the resulting puree folded into whipped cream.
There are plenty of other recipes on the web. Gooseberries have a short season, enjoy them while they last!