September 2011 Flavor of the Month: Blackberries

Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about blackberries. Tart, sweet, and bursting with fruity flavor, blackberries are a natural complement to lemon, chocolate, and even pork. Here are 20 of our favorite blackberry recipes for you to try.

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Plum-Berry Whole Wheat Tarts

    Plums and blackberries bake together in a sturdy yet tender crust. Goat cheese crumbled on top adds tangy richness as it melts.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  1 hr 
Cool   30 mins 
Peach and Blackberry Slaw

    This fresh side is a cross between a salad and a slaw. Peaches and berries add a touch of sweetness to balance the tangy herb dressing.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Blackberry Swirl Pie

    Use fresh or frozen blackberries to make this colorful cobbler-like pie. Sour cream adds a delightful tang to the sweet berry filling.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   12 mins  450°F 
Grilled Berry Cobbler with Graham Cracker Topper

    This luscious cobbler recipe makes the most of fresh raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Grill   40 mins 
Stand   15 mins 
Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

    Fresh blackberries get a surprising twist with quick-pickled red onions, mint, and creamy feta.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
Triple-Berry Cobbler

    For an extraordinary ending to any meal, bring out bowls full of bubbling blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries set off with a sweet-and-spicy topper.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Slow Cook  1 hr 45 mins  to 2 hrs (high)
Ricotta Mousse with Berries

    Creamy ricotta cheese flavored with orange peel and orange liqueur is the perfect flavor contrast to a tart but sweet berry mixture.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 24 hrs 
Stand   15 mins 
Smoked Pork Chops with Onion-Blackberry Relish

    For a mouth-watering main dish that's ready in less than half an hour, try this tantalizing pork chop recipe. Chipotle pepper tempers the sweetness of the berries and onions in the relish.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Stand  1 hr 
Grill   5 mins 
Coconut Fruit S'Mores

    Customize these indoor s'mores by swapping the blackberries for your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, or plum slices.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chocolate-Berry Meringue

    Elegant in its simplicity -- with billows of soft whipped cream, crunchy chocolate meringue, and succulent fresh berries -- this dessert is superb.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   5 mins 
Fresh Fruit and Cream Tarts

    Sinfully rich cream chilled in a pastry shell is topped with colorful berries to create this refreshing dessert. The tarts can be assembled and refrigerated up to four hours before serving.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 8 slices
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Bake   13 mins  450°F 
Blackberry Sangria

    This bright sangria, sweetened with blackberry syrup, will inspire guests to linger for one more glass.

Makes: 26 servings
Serving size: 13 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Chocolate Harvest Cake

    This moist pumpkin cake is covered in a chocolate glaze and topped with red grapes, blackberries, toasted hazelnuts, and shredded orange peel.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Chill   30 mins 
Roasted Pork with Blackberry Sauce

    A rich and flavorful marinade, including blackberry preserves, dry white wine, fresh rosemary, and Dijon mustard, dresses up roasted pork tenderloin. Fresh green beans make a simple, healthy side dish.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Marinate  2 hrs 
Cook   5 mins 
Lemon-Blackberry Mini Tarts

    Top the assembled tarts with a spoonful of fresh blackberries and a shiny glaze made from blackberry spreadable fruit and lemon juice. Garnish with fresh mint for a pop of color.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Cool   30 mins 
Sherry Almond Cake

    Slicing into this sponge cake, you'll find a lovely surprise: a rich-hued berry filling nestled between two sherry-infused cake layers.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   25 mins 
Lemon-Blackberry Pie

    Pour luscious lemon filling over a layer of plump blackberries to create this delectable polka-dot pie.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   43 mins  400°F 
Blackberry Strudel Cookies

    Seedless blackberry jam mixed with coconut, walnuts, and currants fills these beautiful spiral cookies.

Makes: 48 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   12 mins  400°F 
Chill  2 hrs  to 3 hrs 
Chicken-Berry Salad

    This healthful salad packs protein from chicken and lots of antioxidants from blackberries.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Marinate  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
Grill   12 mins  to  15 mins 
White Chocolate and Blackberry S'Mores

    White chocolate, chocolate graham crackers, and blackberry jam come together in this sweet treat.

Makes: 1 servings
Start to Finish   10 mins 

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