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Dried apricots

I bought a bag for a Thanksgiving recipe and only used a few. I hate the little bastards and my husband doesn't snack on dried fruit. What can I cook them with so he'll eat them for me? I've been chopping them up and throwing them in his oatmeal this week, but i think he's catching on.

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  1. I'm guessing they're not the soft and luscious kind, but the tart dry little bastards I bought by mistake a few months ago? If so, they can be chopped up an used in a stuffing for chicken or pork, chopped fine and added to gingerbread, banana bread or muffins. Mine are going to be chopped up and hopefully lost in the mix of amber rum, dried pears and grounds almonds of Nigella's golden fruitcake.

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    1. re: Athena

      You can macerate them in spirits--nice in brandy. I often use chopped dried apricots with strips of ham in braising chicken pieces. I've been wanting to make an apricot meringue pie with an Italian crema di albichocche for the filling and a meringue top. Usually the crema is made from fresh fruit. But I can't see why reconstituted dried fruit can't be used. But when we got the fruit in, it ended up in granola before I could experiment. And, of course, you can make jam with it.

      1. re: Father Kitchen

        My first thought was soak them in a little brandy and make biscotti.

    2. Coconut apricot chicken; soak them in hot water then puree in a blender with coconut milk, cumin, ginger and a couple spoonsfuls each of cornstarch and brown sugar. . Add to a saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook about five minutes. Stir in some toasted coconut and set aside. Roast off your chicken; spread over the chicken during the last 20 minutes of baking time, uncovered. Serve with basmati or jasmine rice

      1. Soak/blend, add some sugar, a little bit of paprika, a little salt and you've got duck sauce. Perfect for dipping egg rolls in or for brushing on fatty meat (wings, thighs, ribs, ground pork) towards the last couple minutes of roasting.

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        1. re: scott123

          This sounds awesome. My husband is Chinese and we both love Asian foods.

        2. Would either of you enjoy a lamb or chicken tagine with dried apricots? (i.e. http://www.latimes.com/features/print... ; you can leave out the other dried fruit if you'd rather

          )

          Alternately, there's a delicious red lentil stew (Armenian IIRC) that incorporates dried apricots. I haven't made it for a very long time and seem to've lost the recipe, but this looks like a close approximation: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apricot-...

          You could make a mixed dried fruit stew (compote) or, of course, there's always baked goods (use chopped dried apricots in place of, say, raisins).

          Or jsut do like my mother and let dried apricots steep in hot water and honey, hot tea, or mulled wine and drink it down.

          1. A Moroccan tagine is your best way to go imo!

            I also tried carrot fritters at a restaurant recently that were basically grated carrots, tiny pieces of dried apricot, toasted pinenuts, maybe onion, and fried into delicious fritters. You could try that if you are good at winging a recipe on your own! :)