I’m coming down the home stretch in my resolution to discover, develop and test 31 wild blueberry recipes.
My family and friends have sampled a wide range of delicious and some not-so-tasty creations with Maine’s best known fruit, including lots of smoothies. Try the beet and wild blueberry one. The flavor is nice and sweet, the color gorgeous (it can’t be beat!).
I’ve tested breakfast items, dinner entrees, appetizers, a plethora of salads, even cocktails. It’s been quite an adventure, and I’ve concluded that the wild blueberry, just like Maine people, is resilient and flexible, a remarkable fruit.
The inspiration for one of my favorite dishes, Wild Blueberry & Sweet Potato Meatballs, came from my eldest daughter Laurel. A nontraditional graduate student in law school, some days she starts at 6 a.m., not returning home until after 9 p.m. To keep her brain adequately “fueled,” she creates a weekly meal plan, prepping items on weekends. She likes food that is easy to prepare in advance, packs well in a lunch box and is nutritious and delicious.
The recipe for Wild Blueberry and Sweet Potato Meatballs uses three elements; sausage (pork, turkey or chicken), grated sweet potato and chopped kale, all bound together with a secret ingredient: Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce. The sauce is just the perfect blend to bind together these super-nutrient-dense veggies, and the finished flavor of your tasty treats depends upon the cook’s creativity and the sausage.
Wild Blueberry & Sweet Potato Meatballs freeze extremely well. Enjoy them defrosted to room temperature, or just reheat on a sheet pan in a 350-degree F oven.
We first gobbled up a platter of these meatballs for lunch. They also are tasty as a breakfast side. Between the grated sweet potato, finely chopped kale and the fat of the sausage, the texture and flavor is addictive. You’ll be craving more.
No worries, these are good for you! Which is why I suggest going a bit wild at the Super Bowl this year. Fuel up your brain, and enjoy a true superfood!
"Maine Dish" columnist Cheryl Wixson lives and cooks in Stonington. Her passion for organic Maine products led to the creation of her business, Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen. She welcomes food-related questions and comments at [email protected] or www.cherylwixsonskitchen.com.