This is an unplanned post, but yesterday's barbecue produced some nice surprises. I was experimenting with a mop sauce and salsa to go with grilled lamb. I wanted something a little out of the ordinary and I had blueberries that were rapidly aging and would soon be fit only for the compost pile. The prime directive of old cooks is use it or lose it, so it was only natural to work with the berries. Thirty minutes later I had another variation of sauce and salsa for summer barbecues. Not only did they work, they worked well. So, I have a couple of more recipes for you. I hope you'll try these afterthoughts. They're PDG.
1-1/2 cups blueberries, stemmed and washed
1 large Bartlet pear, peeled, cored and cut in 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup finely minced red onion
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1 Jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely mined
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Coarsely chop 1 cup blueberries ( food processor may be used). Combine chopped blueberries, 1/2 cup whole blueberries, pear, onion, bell pepper, Jalapeno, lime juice, honey, oregano, garlic salt and cilantro in a small bowl. Serve shilled or at room temperatur. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup tomato catsup
1/4 cup blueberry sauce or melted blueberry jelly
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
Combine catsup, sauce, vinegar, worcestershire, sriracha, liquid smoke and mustard in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yield: 3/4 cup sauce.