Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie
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The perfect holiday appetizer, this Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie is easy to make, delicious and packs a healthy punch.
Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting together with friends and family for festive celebrations. Mainly because where there are celebrations, there is food!
Fun fact about me: my favorite part of any meal is the appetizers. I’d happily skip the main entree and just fill up on hors d’oeuvres. I think their appeal is that you aren’t locked into one choice like you are with an entree. You can have lots of different appetizers in tiny amounts.
It’s fun to try new appetizers but any party I host always has one constant: cheese. A good cheese plate is a hit at any party. However, when The Wild Blueberry Association of North America challenged Recipe Redux Members to “Go Wild This Holiday Season”. I knew I wanted to make an appetizer that involved cheese.
Luckily blueberries are a versatile fruit. They pair well with both sweet & savory type dishes. Blueberries have many great health benefits but I was surprised to learn that there are two different kinds of blueberries: wild and cultivated (regular type).
Wild Blueberries boast the following health benefits:
More Intense Blueberry Flavor: Wild Blueberry plants grow wild and are genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading naturally across fields. It’s this diversity that gives Wild Blueberries their extraordinary mix of tart and sweet flavor.
• Leader in Antioxidants: Wild Blueberries have twice (2x) the antioxidant capacity of larger cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer and brain health.
• Other Nutritional Differences: One serving of Wild Blueberries (1 cup) have 8 times the manganese, 72%
more fiber and 32% less sugar than cultivated blueberries.
• Frozen at Harvest: The Wild Blueberry crop (99% of it) is frozen. These potent little berries are individually quick frozen (IQF) at harvest locking in their nutrition and taste. It’s nature’s pause button.
• Unique Heritage: Wild Blueberries come from a special place. They are called “Wild” because they are. Wild Blueberries are not planted and occur naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada that have been here for 10,000 years
• Where to Buy: You can find Wild Blueberries in the frozen fruit section of your local grocery store; just make sure the package says “Wild.”
The Wild Blueberry Chutney is so easy to make! Which makes it great for holidays get togethers. Using frozen wild blueberries means you can whip up this dish anytime, not just during blueberry season. The chopped shallot and jalapeño give this dish a little kick. It pairs so nicely with the creaminess of the brie. I paired mine with a crostini, but it would also be great served on crackers too.
What are you go-to holiday appetizers?
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- 1 wheel brie cheese
- 1 sourdough baguette
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 shallot, chopped
- 1/2 jalapeño, chopped
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Olive oil (for drizzling)
- Place brie cheese on serving dish and let come to room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Slice baguette into 1/2 inch thick pieces
- Arrange sliced baguette on sheet pan and drizzle lightly with olive oil
- Place in oven for ~10 minutes, until crisp and golden
- For the Chutney:
- In saute pan over medium-high heat, melt butter
- Add chopped shallot and jalapeño and sauté for 4 minutes
- Add blueberries and stir frequently
- Reduce heat to low and add in lemon juice, thyme, red pepper flakes and sugar
- Stir together and allow to simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, until jam like consistency
- Remove from heat and spoon on top of brie cheese wheel
- Serve immediately with crostini's on the side