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There’s nothing better than making a holiday dish that everyone talks about days after the meal, right? That’s why most hosts are on the hunt for super-easy little changes that’ll make their guests think they spent hours in the kitchen. And, in our opinion, the single most unexpected ingredient to spice up any holiday dish is the blueberry. Adding blueberries to your menu will not only add an unexpected burst of flavor to your holiday dishes, but with no chopping, peeling or pitting, they are so easy to toss in! The best part? Blueberries are available year-round in the frozen and fresh produce sections.
Whether in a cocktail, sauce, dessert, or main course, this versatile berry will be a welcome addition to any holiday gathering. Read on to discover some must-try blueberry recipes that you’ll want to make for friends and family!
Spiced Blueberry Rum Punch
Get in the holiday spirit with this must-try cocktail. It’s an amazing addition to any holiday get-together, and we love the out-of-the-box flavors. The combination of spicy cinnamon, sweet blueberries and smooth rum makes it perfect for your annual holiday party or a relaxing night at home with friends and family.
Baked Brie With Blueberry Balsamic Chutney
There’s no better way to set the tone for holiday dinner than with some delicious appetizers. Our tried-and-true favorite is this tasty little gem. It’s a sweet, savory, and slightly tangy addition to any party that will wake up your taste buds at first bite. Serve it with some crackers or sliced sourdough and you’re set. Add a sprig of thyme on top and leave guests pining for more.
Blueberry Mascarpone Bread Pudding
Inspired by the South, this delectable dish boasts out-of-this-world flavor and serious curb appeal. In fact, it’s so good, your friends and family may want to skip their main course entirely and opt for extras of this yummy blueberry treat instead. Bonus: It can be prepared a day in advance, which makes it perfect for entertaining.
Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Trust us — your guests will love this mouth-watering vegetable dish. The combination of crunchy bacon bits, blue cheese and a juicy blueberry balsamic glaze is unexpected, yet it pairs with just about any main dish.
Roast Duck With Blueberry Sauce
If you’re looking for something different than your traditional turkey or ham, this one’s for you. Blueberries work beautifully with both sweet and savory dishes. This recipe in particular is a main course worthy for your holiday table. It not only looks lovely, but it tastes great, too.
Nothing reminds us more of the holidays than a freshly baked pie. And while apple, pumpkin and key lime are always great options, do your family a favor and mix it up! Full of plump, juicy berries, this delicious blueberry pie packs a major punch thanks to its subtly sweet flavor and pro-looking finish. We highly suggest serving it with some fresh whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream.
And there you have it — a roundup of blueberry-inspired holiday dishes that’ll impress your guests just by making little changes. Discover more recipes we love by following @BlueberryLife now on Pinterest or at http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/.
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