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5-Alarm Smokey Blueberry-Pistachio Jerky

5-Alarm Smokey Blueberry-Pistachio Jerky

3 pints fresh or frozen blueberries

½ cup water

1 cup honey

3 cups unsweetened applesauce

2 oz. lemon juice

2 cups unsalted pistachios

2 cups toasted sunflower seeds

2 cups toasted pumpkin seeds

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup dried blueberries

8 oz. soy bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 Tbsp. cayenne

1 Tbsp. salt

1. Heat the blueberries and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove saucepan from heat and add the honey, applesauce and lemon juice. Puree the mixture with a hand/immersion or regular blender or until smooth. Fold in the remaining ingredients.

3. Spread over a flat sheet pan lined with lightly sprayed parchment paper and cook in a 190°F oven for 2 hours then refrigerate uncovered overnight until no longer tacky to the touch. Portion in 2x6” strips.

Recipe: Chef Joe Landa, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, NY; Flik Independent School Dining. Grand Prize Winner in the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council’s Flik Recipe Contest. Photo: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

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