Blackberries -- Blackberry Ketchup

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The following recipe is from "Shoalwater's Finest Dinners" by Ann and Tony Kischner with Cheri Walker.

BLACKBERRY KETCHUP 4 cups; approximate preparation time 15 minutes

8 cups blackberries

2 shallots, peeled and minced

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed

2 teaspoons dried marjoram, crushed

1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Juice and peel of 1 lemon

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Combine the blackberries, shallots, onion, tarragon, marjoram, rosemary, lemon juice and peel, the vinegar and sugar in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes.

2. Cool slightly, then puree the ketchup in a blender or food processor and strain through a medium sieve into a clean saucepan, pressing it to retrieve as much puree as possible. Add the salt and pepper; taste for sweetness, adding a little more sugar if necessary. Cook down over low heat until reduced to 4 cups.

3. Store the ketchup in the refrigerator.

Note: Use this ketchup as you would tomato ketchup.

Data per 2-tablespoon serving Calories 34 Protein 0g Fat 0g Carbohydrates 9g Sodium 67mg Saturated fat 0g Monounsaturated fat 0g

Polyunsaturated fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg