While you can't go wrong with classic blackberry pie, it's not the only way to enjoy what Mario Batali has called his "favorite fruit in life." From fast smoothies to smoky barbecue sauce, here are seven great ways to use blackberries this summer.

July 24, 2015

While you can't go wrong with classic blackberry pie, it's not the only way to enjoy what Mario Batali has called his "favorite fruit in life." From fast smoothies to smoky barbecue sauce, here are seven great ways to use blackberries this summer.

1. Smoothies
Combine buttermilk with blackberries, honey and a pinch of salt for quick, healthy smoothies.

2. Blintzes
Blackberries add delicious tangy flavor to this crêpe-like dessert.

3. Pickled
Upgrade a charcuterie spread with tart, pickled blackberries.

4. Gelato
This luscious blackberry gelato is terrific on its own or paired with gingered berry crumble.

5. Pancakes
Star chef Bobby Flay's sweet cornmeal pancakes are studded with fresh blackberries.

6. Barbecue Sauce
F&W Best New Chefs Gabrille Quinonez Denton and Greg Denton grill blackberries with chipotle chiles for an incredible, smoky barbecue sauce.

7. Salad
Add blackberries to summer salads like this one with melon and feta or this fantastic recipe made with warm chanterelle mushrooms.

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