Black, red and blue: these are the blueberries, small berries that grow spontaneously along the mountain paths between the end of July and August. Perfect to eat when freshly picked, they are perfect as a garnish for desserts or cooked with meat and fish.
They are born in the undergrowth, in bushes little more than half a meter high, they are small and (often) black: i blueberries they are the most loved among the berries, for their unmistakable flavor and for theirs antioxidant properties. In addition, they should be consumed regularly because they are good for the heart and help slow cellular aging. They are harvested spontaneously in the months of July and August, but can be found all year round in supermarkets from greenhouse crops. They are excellent used in pastry, for the preparation of cakes and biscuits, but they are also very suitable to combine with meat, fish and pasta dishes. Let's see together how to bring them to the table.
Ricotta and blueberry cream
A sweet easy and quick to make. Take 600 g of sheep's milk ricotta, work it with a wooden spoon until it becomes soft. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and mix well, until the sugar has completely blended. Melt a knob of butter in a pan and then add 400 g of blueberries. Cover and cook over low heat until they are flaked. Then transfer them to a bowl e blend them with a mixer. Place the ricotta in 4 small bowls, add a tablespoon of blueberry cream still hot and sprinkle everything with flakes of almond. Serve immediately.
Risotto with blueberries
An unusual and interesting dish. To prepare the risotto with blueberries, take 150 g of blueberries and cook them with a little water in a non-stick pan. Cooking will allow the blueberries to maintain their beautiful color. Brown 150 g of crumbled pork sausage with a little oil and a sprig of sage. Slice a small onion, fry in a little oil, add the rice, toast it over a high heat, pour in a finger of wine and continue cooking, stirring often, adding the hot stock (about 1,200 liters) a little at a time. . After 15 minutes add the cooked blueberries which you will have smoothie, the sausage, salt and pepper; stir in plenty of grated cheese and serve immediately with a few fresh blueberries.
Blueberry salad and smoked sword
For a light and tasty lunch break. Take the smoked swordfish slices and cut them into strips. Put the bowl in a bowl valerian cleaned and dried, peeled alive slices of an orange and then cut them in half. Unite i blueberries, washed and dried, pine nuts and carrots julienne cut. Season the salad with an emulsion made with the juice of a filtered orange, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and Maldon salt.
Pork fillet with blueberries and mint
Get yourself a pork fillet to prepare this dish. Cut it into cubes, place it in a large bowl and leave it to marinate for two hours in half a glass of soy sauce and half a glass of balsamic vinegar. Put in a non-stick pan 50 g of butter and blueberries. Add a tablespoon of sugar cane and brown until the sugar has completely melted. In the same pot then add the meat, drained from the marinade and cook over high heat for about ten minutes. Turn off, add the mint leaves and serve.
What's better than this snack for children, healthy and full of vitamins? The only thing you need to have is molds to cool the popsicles in the freezer, you will need the rest blueberries, plain yoghurt and little sugar. Put 125 g of washed blueberries in a saucepan with a spoonful of brown sugar and one of water. Cook until the blueberries have dissolved and the sugar has melted and then blend them with a mixer, to have a homogeneous compound. When they have cooled, add 150 g of plain yoghurt, stir and transfer everything to the popsicle molds. Let cool in the freezer for 6 hours and then enjoy them!
Detox juice with blueberries
Blueberries are known, they have purifying properties, so they are perfect to be consumed during breakfast. You can prepare a detoxifying juice, blending blueberries with almond milk and with a little of grated ginger. Once shakes, add a teaspoon of Acacia's honey, mix and mix on an empty stomach this mix of vitamins and antioxidants, to start your day with energy.
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