Juniper berries are used in a variety of food dishes, especially as flavoring for casseroles, marinades and stuffings. The flavor of juniper berries also compliments dishes consisting of pork, rabbit, venison, beef and duck. The berries are used fresh, dried, crushed or whole.
A specific recipe to make, generally served as a side complimenting roast chicken and pork dishes, is garlic potatoes with juniper berries. The ingredients for a serving of four are 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lightly crushed dried juniper berries, 8 large garlic cloves and 1 1/2 pounds of tiny potatoes.
To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the olive oil into a shallow baking dish with dimensions large enough to hold the potatoes in a single layer. Sprinkle the juniper berries on top of the oil and warm in the oven for a few minutes. Prepare the garlic cloves and place the cloves and potatoes in the warm baking dish and stir so that the potatoes are coated in oil. Bake for 10 minutes, stir the contents of the baking dish again, and then bake for 50 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. When ready to serve, sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano and lemon juice.