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June 25, 2010

Blueberry burgers?

blueberriesI love how blueberries and other tasty fruits get touted as much as broccoli these days for their health benefits.

I'm with George H.W. Bush on broccoli. But berries? I can, and do, eat them by the bowlful.

Of course, I also eat them in pie -- blueberry is my husband's specialty -- which doesn't do much for my bid for longevity.

I'm looking for some interesting and preferably healthful uses for blueberries for a story I'm writing for the food section -- something along the lines of blueberries in hamburgers, a recipe I just came across online but can't vouch for personally. (That combo sounds just weird enough to be great. But then again, maybe it's just weird.)

Anybody out there have a good blueberry recipe they'd like to share? Or have you had any interesting blueberry dishes at area restaurants?


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Posted by Laura Vozzella at 12:53 PM | | Comments (12)


Blueberry burgers? Aw...what a way to ruin a good blueberry.

My wife make a delicious fresh blueberry pie. She cooks a cup or so of blueberries with water, sugar and cornstarch, whirrs it in the blender to make a glaze. Then pours that over a couple of cups of fresh berries in a cooked pastry pie shell. She puts it in the fridge for a couple of hours, and serves it with fresh whipped cream, or schlag as the Germans call it. I've been known to pig out on it.

I sampled a delicious chicken liver and blueberry pate from Clementine a couple of weeks ago. It was just about perfect.

I put blueberry syrup in burgers one time (when I used to cook meat I would insert something liquidish into the center of the burger, i guess to infuse it? i don't know I wasn't good at cooking meat!) and i remember they came out great. especially as cheese burgers, with swiss cheese! so maybe blueberries would be good.

I am sure a lot of people do this, and I did it this morning.

Mix some blueberries in with some plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. Its really good.

Exactly, PCB Rob, except this morning I had tiny wild raspberries from our neighbors' farm. Yum!

I add blueberries to my cereal every morning. Dooesn't matter what kind it is...just throw about a handful in. Also great in oatmeal!

Mix some blueberries in with some plain, fat-free Greek yogurt. Its really good.

I do that, but I also add some Grape Nuts for crunch and fiber, and a squirt of honey.

I've had the blueberries in hamburger recipe -- terrible.

I'd heard of using dried blueberries. Can't vouch for them because we used dried cherries instead. The burgers were pretty good. Meat and fruit were made for each other. Gimme venison blueberry sausages any day.

I have to agree with Jack --- blueberries are too delicious to waste on a burger.

I've replaced some of the fat in brownies with stuff like applesauce or black beans or zucchini with okay results, but I'm skeptical of this suggestion. Why not mix something into your meat with a more neutral or complementary taste, like oats or spinach?

How about blueberry ketchup ON a burger?

How about blueberry buckle? It's great any time of day.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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