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Autumn Raspberries: Best Recipes for the Holidays and Beyond

Raspberry Walnut Salad with Mt. Tam Cheese

Raspberry Walnut Salad with Mt. Tam Cheese

You might think raspberries fade away as summer ends, but there’s actually a second harvest in autumn bringing plump, ripe, super-sweet raspberries to market. Take advantage of this delicious reprieve! Raspberries lend sparkle and glamour to just about anything they rub shoulders with, so I find them a natural fit for holiday baking and entertaining. You can make them the star of a dish, or just keep some on hand to toss over anything you want to add a little magic to. Check out these ideas and recipes for inspiration.

A Garnish for Drinks

Try floating a few raspberries in anything as humble as seltzer or as glitzy as champagne or Prosecco. Or go all out and prepare a special cocktail like Sparkling Spiced Raspberry Cocktail to kick off a party. It’s an excellent excuse for holiday toasting.

Sparkling Spiced Raspberry Cocktail

Sparkling Spiced Raspberry Cocktail

Add Them to Salads

Raspberries are one of my favorites for making a fruit salad look and taste opulent, but they’re also fabulous in savory salads — plus you can’t beat the red-green contrast for festiveness.  Berry Goat Cheese Salad is a beautiful and delicious combination of tangy goat cheese, walnuts and fresh greens that makes a great addition to a brunch spread or a worthy start to a special meal. Ditto with Raspberry Walnut Salad with Mt. Tam Cheese; you could use any semisoft cheese like Brie or Camembert in place of Mt. Tam.

Make a Main Course

Raspberries are famously delicious in pan sauces. They star in this Pork Medallions with Raspberry Sauce recipe that’s quick enough for a weeknight meal but also easily doubles for a holiday crowd — just use two skillets. Replace the white wine called for in the sauce with champagne for an extra-festive twist and garnish the dish with some chopped chives and a few fresh whole berries.

Another terrific savory recipe is Salmon with Raspberry Vinaigrette. If you want to use the dish for a holiday buffet, keep the salmon in one piece, poach it in a mixture of white wine and water until just opaque, and serve it chilled with the vinaigrette at room temperature, not warmed.

Bake a Not-So-Humble Pie

They may not get much press for it, but raspberries have a perfect sweet-tart balance for pies and tarts. Bypass the usual holiday suspects and put a dessert like Berry-Pomegranate Almond Tart on the table, no rolling pin required! Or try this super-easy Raspberry Almond Crumble, a fantastic recipe that’s gluten-free to boot.

Gotta have chocolate? You can’t beat the elemental pairing of chocolate and raspberries for all-out seduction. Make the most of it with a recipe like Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Raspberries, packed with deep rich flavor and gorgeous to look at.

Berry-Pomegranate Almond Tart

Berry-Pomegranate Almond Tart

…Or Go Vegan

Raspberries are one of the best ingredients I know for elevating vegan desserts, making them an enticing, universally appealing finish to a holiday meal. Their brilliant color and flavor is outstanding in Raspberry Mousse and in these Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake Bites. Tofu never had it so good!

Got a favorite raspberry recipe? Tell us about it!

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