Have a Very Berry Picnic

March 10, 2014 Editorial Staff
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(Family Features) Boasting a wealth of nutritional benefits and a sweet, delectable taste, blueberries are a top choice among fruit eaters. Whether eaten raw or added to batters, smoothies and milkshakes, these tasty little berries add a burst of color and flavor to many dishes or snacks.

“Sweet and tart, blueberries are one of my favorite treats,” said Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “Try visiting a blueberry farm and picking a bucket yourself!”

These recipes show you some of the great ways to enjoy Florida blueberries. For more healthy and delicious recipes, visit http://bit.ly/flblueberries.

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Health BenefitsBlueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants among fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants fight off organisms, like cell damaging free radicals, making them great for your health.

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Chef Justin Timineri

Blueberry

Recipe: Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup minced Florida onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups fresh Florida blueberries
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, stirring until almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Add ketchup, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Bring ingredients to a simmer. Add blueberries. Continue to simmer over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Purée sauce in blender or food processor until smooth. Pass through strainer if smoother consistency is desired. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Keep refrigerated and serve at room temperature.
  4. Kids Can: Help strain sauce after pureed.

4 to 6 servings

Blueberry

Recipe: Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Trim chicken breasts of excess fat. Season both sides with salt and pepper and coat lightly with oil. Place on preheated grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. When done, remove from grill and let rest before serving. Serve with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce.
  2. Chef’s Tip: Always add sauce last. The sugars in BBQ sauce can burn and become bitter if added to food while still on the grill.