Make frozen Oregon Blueberries the centerpiece of your holiday table with this luscious Five Spice Ground Pork Meatballs with Savory Blueberry Sauce recipe. The delightful flavor of blueberries pairs deliciously with these meatballs and makes for a lip-smacking starter to any holiday meal.
When I think of holiday food I think of recipes that are just a bit more special than the average everyday celebration dishes. I want the food I serve during the holiday season to delight my family’s taste buds, and create the most enchanting food memories.
This sounds like a tall order, and one that might require a bit more time in the kitchen. However, that’s the beauty of this Five Spice Ground Pork Meatballs with Savory Blueberry Sauce recipe. It’s got big, fancy flavor, but it requires minimal time in the kitchen. After all, it’s the season for spending more time dining with our loved ones, and less time cooking.
Both the meatballs and sauce can be prepared a day in advance and held in the refrigerator separately. Prior to serving, just reheat the sauce, add the meatballs and warm through. Alternately, you can reheat the meatballs and serve along-side the Savory Blueberry Sauce for dipping. Either way, I love to serve them in a pretty dish with party picks or tiny appetizer forks.
What makes this recipe a bit more unique is that I’ve added the fragrant blend of spices called Five Spice Powder, also called Chinese Five Spice, to the meatballs.
Five spice powder typically includes cinnamon, cloves, star anise, fennel and black pepper, which compliments the distinctive flavor of Oregon Blueberries. This spice blend has become quite popular over the last few years and it can be found in most major markets.
The Five Spice powder adds the essence of warm holiday spice to the ground pork meatballs. Then I smother them in the coziest, savory blueberry sauce using frozen Oregon Blueberries for a tasty holiday appetizer. It’s like a holiday gift for the taste buds!
For convenience, I like to make the meatballs and then bake them in the oven. However, for a little added color to the meatballs, you can brown them in a skillet and then place them on a baking sheet and finish cooking them in the oven.
You might be wondering why I’m using blueberries in a holiday recipe. Frozen Oregon Blueberries are harvested at peak ripeness during the summer months and then they’re frozen for use throughout the year.
I love to incorporate frozen blueberries into my smoothies, oatmeal, muffins, cakes and of course recipes like this lush and silky Savory Blueberry Sauce. Frozen Oregon Blueberries can make a recipe go from good to absolutely delicious.
To make the sauce, I add frozen Oregon Blueberries to a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Give them a little stir until they start to release their liquid. I let them simmer for about 10 minutes.
Once the blueberries have released their juices, I strain the juice into a bowl and discard the pulp.
I add the juice back to a sauce pan and continue with the remaining ingredients. The sauce will thicken as it cools. However, for a thicker sauce I’ve added a cornstarch slurry option in the recipe.
Frozen Oregon Blueberries are perfectly sweet and lend their special blueberry flavor to all my favorite recipes. Using frozen Oregon Blueberries is also a great way to incorporate this luscious little berry into both sweet and savory recipes for an extra boost of blue.
Tis the season for all things delicious like these flavorful Five Spice Ground Pork Meatballs with Savory Blueberry Sauce.
Warmest Wishes for the most delicious Holiday Season,