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Juicy and Fresh Recipes to Sweeten Your July
July belongs to fresh and juicy blueberries, since National Blueberry Month is celebrated the entire month of July. Founded by the National American Blueberry Council, it has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) since 2003. Do you love to pick blueberries, cook with them and eat them? If so, consider making recipes where blueberries are the star to acknowledge this food month. Check out the following recipe ideas an get ready to host a blueberry bash!
Tris of Fresh Flavorful shared this recipe for chewy and fresh blueberry cookies. And no worries about the color, either—it is natural! This exciting recipe can put some blueberries to good use. Plus, they are pretty to look at, too, which does not hurt. Adapted from a TikTok recipe, this version uses dairy butter and cookies are rolled in sugar. To make them, you need frozen, fully defrosted blueberries, flour, sugar, unsalted butter, salt, baking powder and white chocolate chips. Do not overbake and have fun ripping these chewy cookies apart to admire their purple hue.
This recipe, compiled by the New York Times, is based upon a recipe that was made popular by the Jordan Marsh department store, which was once an institution in Boston, but has since closed. Note that the ingredients call for 2 cups of blueberries, but save out ½ cup for a special touch. Mash and fold them into the batter before adding the rest of the berries whole. Serve warm and topped with butter.
Amanda’s Cookin’ knows that blueberry breakfast cake, also called coffee cake or blueberry buckle, is a popular treat—with or without coffee! It is recommended to soften the butter before using and to get ready to hand-mix the cake batter before pouring it into the pan. Yes, it is that thick and sticky! But it is all worth it to savor this cake.
Averie Cooks’ Blueberry Pie Bars include all the flavor of blueberry pie, but no fuss over making, cutting or folding crust. With no crust to roll out, and no need for a fancy mixer or rolling pin, this recipe makes the flavors of pie accessible in an easier to make way. Cut bars and serve with plenty of vanilla ice cream.
Fresh Blueberry Crisp, according to Taste and Tell, is a great way to turn some fresh blueberries into a dessert. Fresh berries will add some flavor that frozen blueberries cannot. Keep an eye on it as it bakes, and consider putting a baking sheet under the pan to contain any berries bubbling over in the baking dish! Plate the crisp while warm and top with a dallop of whipped cream.
Blueberry jam lovers will be pleased to know that it is easy to make their own—especially when store availability is unpredictable! Preserving this tangy and juicy fruit is easy, once you know the basics of canning. Using just ripe fruit is best as it is the most flavorful. Wash and pick 6 cups of blueberries. Add in some sugar, lemon juice and a pouch of liquid fruit pectin. Keep the cans of jam in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
A touch fancier than a regular salad, thanks to the addition of fruit and nuts, this Blueberry Summer Salad looks nice enough to feed a crowd. Take your choice of greens and blueberries and add in thin scallions, fresh cucumbers, parmesan cheese, cucumbers, and, for a twist, sugared almonds. Toss it into a ceramic white bowl to make the colors really pop.
The French region of Provence uses blueberries in many dishes, and chicken is no exception. If you can get used to the color, give this dish a try! The recipe makes four servings, but can easily be doubled to serve a group. This is just the thing to usher in blueberry season. Fresh berries meet balsamic vinegar to achieve a sauce with a tantalizing taste. Spoon some over the top of tender chicken and you have a meal! Pair it with rice or mashed potato.
Savory breakfast lovers will adore this French toast, made savory with butter, thyme and blueberries. Spread on French toast and add more blueberries on top, if desired. This butter can also be spread on toast or and English muffin—it depends on your desired final taste!
Pinch of Yum’s recipe for fluffy blueberry pancakes makes golden brown heaps of deliciousness. Top them with butter and heaps of pure maple syrup to jazz up your morning. These thick pancakes are just waiting to be eaten. Add about a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter for some extra flavor. You can even freeze any leftovers to simply zap pancakes in the microwave when you want to enjoy the sweet, fresh taste again.
Do you think a lemon sorbet blended with blueberries sounds good? If so, give this a try! Blueberries, raw honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest and water. Once the blueberries are frozen and crumbly, blend the mixture in a food processor. Freeze everything and eat on hot summer nights.
Muddled blueberries and bitters make this margarita elevated enough for a brunch or backyard cocktail party. Combine fresh blueberries, lime juice, tequila, simple syrup, orange bitters and ice. Place everything in a cocktail shaker and mix. Grab some salt and line glasses with it before pouring the drink in. Salud!
Happy blueberry eating!
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