An Abundance of Blue

I love the color blue.  But blue food – not so much.  Unless, of course, you’re talking about blueberries.  For the last several weeks blueberries, a fruit I love,  have been really reasonable.  As a result I buy lots of them.  Usually I just wash them and eat them as they are or mix them with other berries.  I could make a blueberry pie; my grandmother made the best blueberry pie ever, but we can’t eat a whole pie by ourselves.  Correction, we could eat a whole pie by ourselves but that isn’t wise.

Last night we were having boneless pork chops for dinner.  I recalled how I had made a pork tenderloin with a blackberry sauce and thought I would use the blueberries instead.  The trouble is that the blackberry sauce calls for ingredients that are not necessarily compatible with blueberries.  So I improvised.  Since we love the taste of blueberries I really wanted them to be the star.  But I also knew I was going to be using a coffee rub on the pork chops so the sauce needed to complement that as well.  I hit upon four simple ingredients: blueberries, sugar, water, and balsamic vinegar.  And it was great!  The sauce worked perfectly with the chops.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
  • 1 tbl sugar ( I used bakers sugar but you could use regular sugar as well)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbl Balsamic vinegar

Place the blueberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until  most of the blueberries break down.  Add the Balsamic vinegar and stir.  Keep sauce on a low heat until ready to serve.

The coffee rub I use has the following ingredients; coffee, unsweetened cocoa, sea salt, brown sugar, sweet paprika, onion, black pepper, garlic and cumin.  I lightly coated the chops with the rub and then grilled them on a really hot griddle pan.

I served this mashed potatoes, carrots and snap peas seasoned with Penzeys Fox Point Seasoning.  This picture doesn’t do the sauce justice but trust me, it was a perfect counterpoint to the coffee rub!

Blueberry Sauce on  Boneless Pork Chops

Blueberry Sauce on Boneless Pork Chops

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