By posting this Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce.
Garlicky roasted Brussels sprouts skewered with creamy mozzarella served with a savory and sweet wild blueberry dipping sauce. The velvety and tangy dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to earthy and slightly bitter vegetables like Brussels sprouts, but also pairs perfectly as a sauce for seafood, especially scallops and salmon. So, while you’re making a batch, double it, so you can multipurpose it.
Why a wild blueberry dipping sauce? Well, we love wild blueberries, first and foremost. We always have a bag(s) in our freezer for smoothies, oatmeal, overnight oats, pancakes and sauces. Lucca loves them thawed, straight up. He gets a nice purple mustache and purple fingers from them. And, secondly, the Wild Blueberry folks challenged us Recipe ReDuxers to create sweet or savory healthy recipes for the holidays using frozen wild blueberries as an ingredient. These Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce are perfect bite-sized apps for your holiday parties and they showcase the pretty little wild blueberries in great fashion.
What makes wild blueberries so special?
- Flavor – wild blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular (cultivated) blueberries because they’re actually grown in the wild. They have an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet.
- Health benefits – wild blueberries have higher levels of health promoting antioxidants than regular blues with naturally more fiber and less sugar.
- 99% of them are frozen – the majority of wild blueberries are individually quick frozen at harvest to lock in flavor and nutrition.
These little sprout skewers look pretty good, don’t they? Who says veggies can’t be craveable and holiday party appetizer worthy? I come from a family of veggie lovers (thanks Momma!) – and live in a house with veggies lovers (both hubby and Lucca … well, Lucca some of the time when he’s not tossing them across the room), so it’s not out of the ordinary for me to much prefer veggie anything and everything (including crispy fiber-rich and cancer-fighting Brussels sprouts) over starchy and carb laden appetizers. These little Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers are crispy, garlicky and ohhh so delicious paired with the Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce.
Serve these Crispy Brussels Sprout and Mozzarella Skewers with Savory Wild Blueberry Dipping Sauce as an appetizer at your upcoming holiday parties. You (and your guests) won’t miss all the pigs in a blanket, Swedish meatballs…you name it.
Here’s how to make them:
- • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided into 2 and 1 Tablespoons
- • ½ red onion, diced
- • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, finely chopped
- • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- • 1 Tablespoon mustard
- • 1 teaspoon honey
- • 5 cups of Brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed
- • 8 oz mini mozzarella balls
- • Garlic salt / pepper
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan.
- Add diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
- Add frozen wild blueberries, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, mustard and honey.
- Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, rub Brussels sprouts with remaining tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
- Place on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until sprouts are lightly browned and crispy, flipping halfway through.
- Remove from oven.
- Add blueberry mixture to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and place in a dipping bowl.
- When sprouts are cool enough to handle, place one sprout on a skewer, followed by a mozzarella ball then another sprout.
- Repeat until all sprouts are skewered.
- Serve sprouts with wild blueberry dipping sauce.
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