Okay, you are probably wondering what this meaty writer is bringing to the table for berry week. Berries with meat? Never fear, as I have a delicious, lick-it-off-the-spoon recipe for your grilled meats.
Berry season is on the brink of being over in the US with fall tapping at the door. I have been picking up some gorgeous blackberries the past couple weeks and enjoying them tremendously. Don’t get me wrong– I am definitely excited to be working on some new meaty recipes using fall produce as well. I think it will be something to excite your taste-buds.
Enough of the teaser, back to berries. This spicy berry sauce is an explosion of flavor, or as we like to call it a party in our mouth. The sweet berries play nicely with spicy peppers, creating a harmony that goes really well with grilled meats. The smokey flavor of the meat is mellowed out by the freshness of this sauce. I really enjoy it with grilled lamb or pork, but imagine it would be great with chicken as well as gamey meat such as venison.
Besides serving it alongside grilled meat, I have used it as a base while grilling. Before doing so, I add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the sauce and gently heat it over low heat. Then I baste the meat while it is grilling. I love the crispy little pieces that form from the juices of the meat and the sauce, creating a great texture on the outside of the meat, sealing in the juices. Very moist.
You still have time to take advantage of the last of the summer berries, and if you live in other parts of the world, where berries are just appearing, you have lots of time to enjoy this very special sauce.
Have you ever used berries in a meaty dish?
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Denise believes anything can be made at home as long as you have a little patience, and time. All of her recipes are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutique, the Mushroom Channel, Saveur.com, Foodies of the World, PBS and Fine Cooking.
She, also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us. Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love. Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.