It’s blueberry picking time! Celebrate National Blueberry Month by heading out to one of the many places in Michigan where you can pick your own. And once you have your blueberry stockpile, try them out in some delectable recipes that play up the berries’ characteristic sweetness. For a classic take, mix up the “awesome-est” blueberry muffins or lemon blueberry yogurt pancakes. Dress up your dinner with an eye-catching blueberry-gorgonzola salad or blueberry salsa (yes, salsa!). Or slow cook blueberries to create a fruity butter to serve over – what else? – blueberry pound cake. After sampling these recipes your family won’t mind having the blues!
The Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins
Gently stir your freshest berries into this recipe for the awesome-est blueberry muffins from the Pioneer Woman. To keep the batter moist, there’s a generous helping of yogurt in the mix. For melt-in-your-mouth muffins, grab the paper wrappers!
Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes
Give the sweet berries a boost of zing thanks to a helping of fresh lemon juice. With this recipe for lemon blueberry yogurt pancakes from Kitchen Treaty, your kids will be asking for seconds – and thirds. Someone pass the maple syrup!
Blueberry, meet salad. This blueberry-gorgonzola salad from Southern Living includes a refreshing mix of sweet, savory and everything in between. Along with mixed greens, blueberries and the cheese, this salad includes fresh chives, basil, almonds, tarragon and a raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner.
Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter
Forget the jam and syrup; this recipe for slow cooker blueberry butter from Saveur is a unique treat to add on toast – or just eat right off of the spoon! Puree eight cups of blueberries to cook in your slow cooker for four to eight hours. During the last hour of cooking, add in sugar, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. This makes three 1-pint jars – one for your fridge, one to save and one to give away.
Blueberry Pound Cake
Butter gets whipped with sugar, vanilla, lemon, eggs and sour cream before blueberries add the final touch. This blueberry pound cake from Taste of Home is decadent enough for dessert – although it’s perfect for snack time. Or anytime!
Blueberries love spice. This recipe for blueberry salsa from Honest Cooking shows off an amazing combination of sweet, juicy blueberries along with standard salsa fixings like jalapeno pepper, red bell pepper and cilantro. Serve with chips for a party dish that will have your family raving.