Raspberry's are a favorite in my house. They are a fairly low carb fruit, and we like fruit quite a bit (other favorites are blueberry, blackberry,
strawberry, and apricot). I typically keep one of those diner sized squirt bottles full of raspberry juice in the fridge to use on desserts (low carb
). So i am going to share a recipe for vinaigrette below, but step 1 is actually creating the raspberry sauce/syrup.
I like to mix/match. Raspberry is awesome (sweet and tart...kick your tastebuds around a bit). Blackberry is more mellow, but full of umami. SO i
like to blend 2 bag frozen raspberry with 1 bag frozen blackberry. The process is simple, but a little labor intensive. Totally worth it, though (i
make it twice a week using some sort of berry):
In a saucepan put all 3 bags of berries and 1.5c water. Simmer until the berries are all soft, then pulverize with an immersion blender until all you
have is a wet slurry full of seeds. Strain this through a fine sieve. You will have to work it quite a bit to get all the juice filtered through
(and likely would be happy with some of the fruity pulp, too). It should be somewhat thick, but if it isn't you can return it to the fire to reduce
a bit more. THis is the syrup. I typically sweeten to taste with half splenda, half erythritol (for balanced sweetness). It makes more than 1
squirt bottle, though.
So with the rest:
In a food processor ad in 1/2c Raspberry syrup
a couple sprigs fresh thyme (or you can just add whatever dried herb you prefer. Oregano is nice, too)
3-4 cloves crush/minced garlic
2 tbls brown mustard
1/3c white or red wine vinegar
1/2c olive oil
1/4c chopped walnuts
Whirl that sucker up until the contents of the food processor become a homogenized mix. You can often see the oil start emulsifying, and spreading up
the container. That is how you know it is mixed (and shouldn't really separate).
With more of the "leftover" raspberry syrup i have made, I will typically also make stuff like Raspberry/Chipotle bbq, or a raspberry pie. If
anyone is interested, I can post those recipes as well.