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Recipe: It’s still blueberry time! Giving blueberries a chance to shine on the grill

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 08/12 at 09:54 AM

Blueberry season can last well into August here in Central Pennsylvania, and you can still find the little blue globes of greatness at farmers markets, farm stands, and pick-your-own farms like Mountainhome Farm in Julian. Blueberries have a lot of things going for them beyond taste, including lots of antioxidants.

Most people think of blueberries as a dessert food, but blueberries can be a star in savory recipes, such as salads and meat dishes. I have found that blueberries go well with meats such as pork and chicken. With this in mind, this recipe for grilled chicken thighs with honey blueberry sauce is a good introduction to the idea of blueberries as part of an entree.

Ingredients:

6 boneless or bone-in chicken thighs, from a local vendor like Beiler Family Farm
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste

Sauce
- 1 cups fresh local blueberries from your favorite source (also works with frozen blueberries)
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup red wine (may substitute chicken broth)
- 2 tablespoons local honey
1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped basil

 

Steps:

- Fire up grill and preheat grill grids.

- Combine blueberries, vinegar, wine, and honey in a saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes total. Remove from heat; set aside.

- Lightly brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on grill cook until no longer pink, about 4 minutes per side (longer if bone-in).

- To serve, spoon blueberry sauce over chicken, goes nicely with a rice pilaf and salad for a wonderful summer meal.

{name} Author: Jamie Oberdick
Bio: Editor, Local Food Journey | Passionate about supporting local food in Central PA

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