Q. I have a bag of frozen berries and I'm not sure what to do with them. Any ideas?
A. Unsweetened frozen fruit makes a great base for all kinds of dishes: desserts, of course, but also salads and salad dressings, dips, smoothies, and even sauces for grilled meats and fish.
From smoothies to desserts, frozen berries can be the start of something great. Here are some fast fruit fixes:
Fruit Dip: Fruit dip is one of the easiest ways to dress up your frozen fruit. Just purée the fruit and add cream cheese, whipped topping, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla, to taste. A delicious and healthier alternative to heavy-cream based dessert dips.
Dessert Fruit Sauce: Strain thawed berries through a fine mesh sieve with a rubber spatula. Boil juice until it reduces slightly. Remove from heat. Add sugar and almond extract, to taste. Serve hot or cold over cake, ice cream, or fresh fruit.
Slushies for Grown-Ups: Purée frozen fruit, sugar, and a small amount of vodka, rum, wine, or orange liqueur. Freeze overnight in a resealable plastic storage bag. The alcohol will prevent the fruit mixture from freezing completely. Spoon the slushy mixture into serving glasses.
Retro Congeal Salad: Mix fruit-flavored gelatin with hot water, per package directions. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat in cream cheese and whipped topping. Fold in frozen berries or other fruit. Pour into a serving dish or casserole, and chill until firm.
Popsicle Ice: Add frozen berries or other fruit to white grape juice, and freeze in popsicle molds. Or place berries in ice cube trays. Cover with water or juice, and freeze. Use instead of ice cubes.
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