We have a lot of fresh, Klesick Family Farm items this week, with blueberries looking especially good. That being said, we found these 3 great recipes that you can use to incorporate blueberries into your dinner menu! They all sound delicious, so try them out and let us know what you think!
4 bone-in center-cut pork chops, (about 1 3/4 pounds), trimmed of fat
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry, (see Ingredient Note)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup fresh blueberries, coarsely chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
- To marinate: Place pork chops in a large sealable plastic bag. Whisk soy sauce, sherry, garlic, brown sugar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Add the marinade to the bag, seal and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- To prepare relish: About 20 minutes before grilling the pork, combine blueberries, shallot, chile, cilantro, lime juice, ginger and salt in a small bowl.
- Preheat grill to high. Remove the pork chops from the marinade (discard marinade). Grill the chops 3 to 5 minutes per side. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving with the relish
2 slices whole-wheat country bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
1/3 cup fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
12 ounces 90%-lean ground beef
- Place bread in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. (No need to wash the workbowl.)
- Add blueberries, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, salt and pepper to the food processor; process until pureed. Scrape into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add ground beef and mix well with a potato masher. Divide the mixture into four equal portions; form into 1/2-inch-thick patties, about 4 inches in diameter.
- Meanwhile, preheat broiler or heat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high. If using the broiler, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. If using a grill, oil the grill rack by rubbing it with an oil-soaked paper towel. Cook patties until browned and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 160°F. Serve immediately, with or without rolls and toppings.
Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup bourbon
1 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons molasses
Pinch of ground allspice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 pound filet mignon, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 portions
- To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just starting to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bourbon, increase heat to high and bring to a boil; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 2 to 5 minutes. Stir in blueberries, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses and allspice; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Preheat grill to high.
- Combine thyme, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on all sides of steaks. Grill the steaks 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving with the sauce.