I can’t pass up the chance to buy fresh fruit at the farmers’ market.
Peaches and blueberries and blackberries, oh my.
My dad always used to tell me that my eyes were bigger than my stomach. In other words, I’d take more food than I could eat.
This holds true to my shopping spree-like fruit-buying.
I get it home, and it sits there.
Sure we eat handfuls of berries… and yes, my partner in cuisine crime stands over the sink savoring peach after peach. But, the fruit is so fresh that you lose it if you don’t use it.
So I have to get creative.
You can only do so many cobblers and pies and smoothies.
Give your sweet tooth a break and use the fruit for dinner.
All the aforementioned fruit goes perfectly with meat.
Here’s what you need:
1 Cup of blueberries
1 Tbsp. honey
¾ of an inch of fresh ginger, peeled
½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard
¼ Cup of water
Put the berries, the honey, the mustard, and a few cracks of black pepper into a small non-stick pot.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until everything is mixed together.
Boil for six minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a pinch of salt, stir, and remove from heat.
It’s the ultimate BBQ sauce. No goop, no sugar, easy-to-find ingredients.
I served this with:
-Roasted local potatoes with rosemary.
-Grilled local kale (rub with canola oil, sprinkle with garlic powder. Don’t add salt; kale is salty on its own. Grill for a minute or two. Edges will char. Drizzle with honey to serve).
-Grilled peach and tomato stack (grill peach halves. Remove from grill and slice halves in half lengthwise. Slice a small tomato, I used yellow, alternate slices between peach slices. Drizzle stack with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with fresh basil).
-Peaches go with basil, ginger, chipotle peppers in adobo, tomatoes, avocados, bacon, fresh mozzarella
-Blueberries go with ginger, black pepper, cardamom, feta cheese…
-Blackberries go with rosemary, ginger, goat cheese, basil…
-Apples go with cardamom, ginger, rosemary, bacon, sage, kohlrabi, cabbage…
What are your favorite savory uses for fruit?
Tip: Try using fruit as a topping for pizza! You can let it bake with the pie or add it raw when the pie comes out of the oven. The heat will help soften the fruit and bring out its flavor.