Berry Basics

Recipes and tips for summer berries, including strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza Recipe

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza Recipe

Find even more uses for summer berries with these recipes from our readers, and check out the Berry Tips below for helpful hints on how to select and store fresh berries.

Strawberry Pork Chops
Moist, juicy and just right for warm summer evenings, these Strawberry Pork Chops are everyday-easy but special enough to serve guests. The blend of rosemary and berry vinaigrette adds a fruity freshness.
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza
I just love the combination of fruit, almonds and chocolate that makes this Berry-Patch Brownie Pizza so unique.
—Sue Kauffman, Columbia City, Indiana

Double Blueberry Pie
Blueberry lovers are sure to enjoy this mouth-watering deep-dish Double Blueberry Pie.
—Jay Holzworth, Murray, Utah

Raspberry Chicken Salad
The slightly tart dressing for this summer Raspberry Chicken Salad also serves as a basting sauce, which gives the thin slices of tender chicken breast a nice fruit flavor.
—Sue Zimonick, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Almond Berry Muffins
Sugared almonds give these Almond Berry Muffins a crunchy topping. When strawberries aren't in season, I use individual frozen cut strawberries directly from the freezer.
—Deborah Feinberg, East Setauket, New York

Fruit-Filled Quesadillas
Dessert doesn't get much easier than this stovetop treat that's loaded with fresh apricots and berries. Served with a scoop of low-fat ice cream, these Fruit-Filled Quesadillas seem anything but light.
—Cathy Yates, Cicero, New York

Berry Tips

  • When buying strawberries, pick the plumpest and most fragrant berries. They should be firm, bright and fresh-looking, with no mold or bruised spots.
    —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
  • Place fresh berries on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer until frozen (about an hour and a half). Then place in freezer bags. The berries won't stick together, so you can pour out any portion you desire.
    Johnnie B., Birmingham, Alabama
  • If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw before adding to batter.
    —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
  • Strawberries stay fresh longer if stored unwashed, with the stems on, in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator.
    Mary M., Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • When a recipe calls for frozen raspberries to be drained, I always save the juice. It makes a wonderfully refreshing drink when mixed with a quart of orange juice!
    Lillian Kayte, Gainesville, Florida
  • To crush strawberries for a recipe, and still have some pulp and juice, I remove the stems, place the berries in a big bowl and chop them with a pastry cutter. You can chop them as fine as you wish, and there's little cleanup afterward.
    Carrol M., Newcastle, Washington