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Fresh Berries Add Sweet Surprise To Savory Meat Recipes

There’s nothing like the sweet surprise of cooked fruit complementing tender, savory meat. In these recipes, fresh berries (and cherries) deliver a delectable counterpoint to pork, chicken, beef, seafood, and duck.

Blueberries

Catherine's Pickled Blueberries

"What a treat! The tangy berries pair perfectly with goat cheese. Bet they would be wonderful with roasted duck too." - blancdeblanc

Catherine's Pickled Blueberries

Photo by SunnyByrd

Curried Salmon with Summer Fruit Chutney

"The coolness of the fruit tastes great with the spicy salmon." - MICHELLE0011

Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Blueberry Sauce

"Pan-seared duck breast with blueberry sauce atop a bed of bok choy, wild mushrooms, pancetta, and shallots." - rmdalrymple

Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken

"Smoky, spicy meats have been paired with sweet-and-sour, fruit-based sauces since we've had cooks, so that this combo works beautifully is no big surprise. And yes, other juicy fruit like peaches, or other berries will work nicely." -- Chef John

Red White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken

Photo by Chef John

Heather's Blueberry Chicken Stir Fry

"This tangy, sweet, and savory recipe is excellent for either a stir fry sauce or a lovely salad dressing." - creaturecomfort

Grilled Salmon Steaks with Savory Blueberry Sauce

“Blueberry balsamic sauce serves as a sensational topping for grilled salmon in this summery dish.”

Roast Pork with Blueberry Port Sauce

"Pork shoulder shows its versatile side in this recipe. It's roasted and served with a simple blueberries-and-port pan sauce."

Roast Pork with Blueberry Port Sauce

Photo by Oksana Seaman

Blackberries

Blackberry Habanero BBQ Sauce

"Sweet, hot BBQ sauce is great on pork and chicken. Amazing on shrimp." -- Smoke

Blackberry Habanero BBQ Sauce

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Slow Cooker Blackberry Pork Tenderloin

"I cooked this for a date, and he told me it was the best meal anyone besides his momma had ever cooked for him! That's a terrific compliment, being from south Louisiana! " - leeann3800

Pork Chops with Blackberry Port Sauce

"Tart blackberries pair well with sweet port to make the sauce." - Fight the Fat Foodie

Sac Valley Grilled Pork Tenderloin

“Rosemary and sage flavor the pork tenderloin, and a fresh blackberry-Cabernet sauce provides the perfect finishing touch.”

Sac Valley Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Photo by mauigirl

 

Strawberries

LaWanna's Mango Salsa on Tilapia Fillets

"A delicious fruity salsa topping to serve over fish or chicken. Use whatever's leftover in a mixed greens salad." - Allen Goforth

LaWanna's Mango Salsa on Tilapia Fillets

Photo by Baking Nana

Filet Mignon and Balsamic Strawberries

"Also great for barbecues! The succulent meat together with this summer fruit complement each other surprising well." - Recipe by cdagirl

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Fresh Strawberry Salsa

"A wonderful grilled chicken recipe served with a spicy strawberry salsa. A great go-to dish when fresh strawberries are in season." - sliceofsouthern

 

Raspberries

Raspberry-Marinated Chicken

"Great chicken for a spinach salad, topped with fresh raspberries, mandarin oranges, walnuts, and dried cranberries." - Injured Mule

Raspberry-Marinated Chicken

Photo by Marianne

Salmon with Raspberry Ginger Glaze

“Lemony, raspberry-ginger-glazed salmon fillets are baked until tender, then broiled until browned for a sweet, tangy main dish with wonderful color and flavor.”

Duck Breasts with Raspberry Sauce

“Duck breasts are broiled with a hint of cinnamon, then served with a tangy raspberry sauce.”

Gourmet Raspberry Chicken

"A fruity twist on traditional pan-fried chicken! Serve with white rice and green beans steamed in garlic and white wine." - NICOLEKUKRAL

Cherries

Prosciutto-Wrapped Cherry-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

"This stuffed, prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast looks fancy and tastes amazing." - Recipe by Chef John

Prosciutto-Wrapped Cherry-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Photo by SugarPlum9829

Cherry Balsamic Short Ribs

"Sweet, tender, and full of flavor, these ribs are one of my favorite comfort foods. They go great with roasted garlic mashed potatoes." - foodlover83

Cherry Glazed Salmon

“Salmon fillets are treated to a tangy fresh cherry glaze. It's the perfect dish when cherries are in season.”

Pork Chops With Black Cherry Sauce

"Cherries and pork are amazing, and a great way to use up all those summer cherries." - almondjoy2807

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