Raspberries contain eight grams of fiber per cup, making them one of the most fibrous fruits in the world. They are also a good source of anthocyanin, flavonols and ellagitannins which are nutritious things that apparently may somehow reduce the risk of chronic illness. This sounds amazing. However, in this post I will be sharing three recipes containing raspberries with you that are so delicious that any health benefits that you would usually gain from consuming “nature’s candy,” will likely be cancelled out by the other sinful ingredients they include.
At a recent dinner party with a few of my gluttonous friends, we consumed all three of these heavenly, highly caloric dishes. All three of these raspberry-containing recipes were a huge hit.
Do you like white carbs, highly fattening cheese and sugar? Then lo and behold, I have found the perfect appetizer for your next party – The Raspberry and Brown Sugar Pecan Brie en Croute. Bonus: it is super easy to make. First, you sauté some pecans on the stove with a bunch of butter and coat them in brown sugar. Then, mix the pecans with some raspberry preserves and spread this concoction onto a wheel of Brie. Wrap it all in a sheet of puff pastry, stick it in the oven, and voila!
As you can see in the above picture, when my Brie came out of the oven, it wasn’t anywhere near as pretty as the Pinterest version I tried to imitate. Honestly, though, who cares? It tasted like heaven and if I didn’t have guests over I would have just eaten the entire thing with a fork and knife – or with just my hands, if I’m being really honest. This appetizer has everything- it’s sweet, sour, crunchy, creamy, and flaky. Totally fattening and totally divine.
Can we all admit that the drumstick is really the best part of the chicken? I feel like for the majority of my life I was tricked into thinking dark meat was gross and white meat was delicious. Now I know that was a lie my parents told me to try to get me to eat healthier. In my opinion, using chicken thighs or legs will always produce a more scrumptious meal.
These Raspberry Chicken Drumsticks may not be the leanest, but the meat was so tender it fell off the bone like it was actually a rotisserie chicken. Yet, unlike a rotisserie chicken, these drumsticks are super easy to make. You just throw some drumsticks into your crockpot and coat them with a bunch of spices. Then mix in some raspberry preserves, Dijon mustard, and adobo peppers and cook for 4-6 hours.
The contrast of the sweet raspberry preserves and the spicy adobo peppers gave the chicken a unique and delicious flavor. I served these delectable drumsticks up with some super buttery, carbohydrate-dense mashed potatoes and a fattening blue cheese and bacon slaw. It was gluttonous and fabulous.
After all of this overindulgence, more thoughtful hostess might have provided her guests with some of those super-awesome nutrients and have served her guests fresh raspberries with a dollop of creme fraiche for dessert. Instead, I decided not to stray from my unhealthy theme, and I served them this Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.
Maybe a coffee cake isn’t a traditional dinner party dessert, but when my guests tasted this blissful creation, they didn’t seem to mind. Once again, as you can see in the photo below, it’s appearance is once-again a #Pinterestfail, but it tasted great.
This moist, from-scratch cake is topped with a layer of full-fat cream cheese, sugar and raspberries and then topped off with more sugar in the form of a brown sugar streusel. This cake has a dense layer of pure carbs, velvety full-fat cream cheese and a satisfying sugary crunch. It’s was completely decadent, we were completely full.