Berry Coulis

Berry coulis is an amazing accompaniment to both sweet and savory foods.

This weekend I got a chance to share my joy of cooking and gardening with this gift basket I assembled for our new neighbors.   It includes some  of the ingredients for my berry coulis and the herb that is working overtime for me this summer, 

cinnamon basil . . I grew six of these plants from seed, not knowing what I’d use them for, and it’s been my most clipped summer herb! It really rocks in  this berry coulis which, by the way,  I’ve been smearing  on top of both sweet and savory foods.  I made this with frozen fruit, but would be a great way to use up fresh berries if you have berries to spare .  Stay tuned for some of my new recipes using this delicious fruit coulis.

Berry Coulis

Serves 16     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

(makes 2 cups)

  • 16 ounces frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cinnamon basil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup berry jam (blueberry, strawberry, blackberry or raspberry)

Instructions

  1. 1. In a small sauce pan, add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes until sauce begins to thicken. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate unused sauce.

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 31kcal Calories from fat 1
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 0g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Shortcut to Festive Red Berry Crostini

 Short•cut  noun: a shorter, quicker, or easier way  to do something

This holiday season,  my survival plan involves taking some short cuts. I’m not talking about traveling the back roads (although all Wilmington locals know this is how we roll). I’m talking about cooking short cuts… to make healthy eating… and entertaining less stressful. It occurred to me, last week when I made my ‘colder weather red berry sauce’,  this could  be doubled and frozen for putting together festive appetizers like these red berry crostini.

Shortcut to Festive Red Berry CrostiniThis simple short cut allows you to  serve  your family and friends appetizers with the same standards you have for the rest of the meal:  made with fresh ingredients,  superb in taste, and  stylish. Join me in making a double batch of this healthy and delicious red berry sauce for Thanksgiving, freezing half, and  making festive Red Berry Crostini in December.  What cooking short cuts are you taking to survive the holidays?

Shortcut to Festive Red Berry Crostini 

Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 4)

  • 12 ounces tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup skinless, seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 2 drops hot sauce, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 4 Tablespoons)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole avocado, divided, chop one half and slice second half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 169kcal Calories from fat 69
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Sodium 455mg 19%
    Carbohydrate 26g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    Sugars 16g
    Protein 3g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g

    Festive Red Berry Crostini

    Ingredients

    for the slow-cooked red raspberry cranberry sauce

    • 12 ounce package of frozen red raspberries
    • 12 ounce pakcage of fresh cranberries
    • 1/4 cup water

    for sweetening, option 1/Traditional

    • 1 cup sugar

    for sweetening, Option 2/Reduced Sugar

    • 1/3 cup Monk Fruit in the Raw Bakers Bag
    • 1/3 cup Stevia in the Raw
    • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar

    for the crostini

    • 1 French baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch slices (about 60)
    • 3/4 cup olive oil(for brushing)
    • sea salt
    • 2 cups red raspberry cranberry sauce (recipe below)
    • 12 ounces goat cheese
    • 1 cup chopped pistatchios
    • 1/2 cup parsely, chopped

    Instructions

    1. 1. Add frozen red raspberries, fresh cranberries and water to a 3 or 4 quart slow-cooker. Stir to combine. Place the lid on slow-cooker and set on low for 8 hours.
    2. 2. Stir once or twice during cooking; replace lid to cover completely.
    3. 3. At the end of cooking, the berries will have cooked and formed a sauce. Now add either sugar or alternative sweeteners. Cool and use as topping for crostini.
    4. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange baguette slices on two large rimmed baking sheets; brush both sides with oil and season with salt.
    5. 2. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. (If undersides are not browning, turn crostini over once during baking.) Let cool on baking rack.
    6. 3. Spread each crostini with goat cheese and top with a spoonful of red raspberry cranberry sauce. Sprinkle with parsely and chopped pistachios. Serve immediately.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 5234kcal Calories from fat 2201
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 245g 377%
    Saturated Fat 74g 370%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 156mg 52%
    Sodium 5781mg 241%
    Carbohydrate 758g 253%
    Dietary Fiber 53g 212%
    Sugars 482g
    Protein 102g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g
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