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Fruit + ________?

GraceW May 29, 2011 10:06 AM


If you're a fruit lover, I hope you can help me with more ways to experiment with fruit. I just tried strawberries + balsamic vinegar... and watermelon + basil...

What other combinations of fruit + one ingredient do you enjoy?

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    nemo RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 10:25 AM

    Icy cold cantaloupe and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. Not too much. Great on a hot day.

    1. chefj RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 10:38 AM

      Almost any cured pork product, bacon, pancetta, prosciutto, guanciale, country ham with peaches, nectarines, melons, apple and the list goes on.

      1. biondanonima RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 11:02 AM

        I love balsamic with plums or cherries, prosciutto with figs, pears, apples or melon, blue cheese with figs, apples, pears or dates, any melon or citrus with mint, any melon with ginger, any melon with salt, pineapple or mango with chili powder and/or salt - plus too many more to count!

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          magiesmom RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 02:33 PM

          watermelon with tomatoes and feta.

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            lauraloo76 RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 02:35 PM

            It's fruit +2, but strawberries dipped in sour cream and then dark brown sugar. Delicious.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: lauraloo76 May 29, 2011 04:54 PM

              bananas too!

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              lrealml RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 03:02 PM

              Anyone have any ideas for raspberries or blueberries? I have more than I can eat plain.

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                mamachef RE: lrealml May 29, 2011 03:16 PM

                Do you make freezer jam? It lasts 3 months; good, easy and delicious if you're okay using pectin.

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                  lrealml RE: mamachef May 29, 2011 03:57 PM

                  Good idea, but neither of us really eat jam or jelly... and I don't have quite enough for that.

                  I can always make a dessert or something, but I was trying to come up with some uses that are not baked goods/desserts. Maybe I'll make a raspberry vinaigrette; make a salad with it and add some blueberries.

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                    mamachef RE: lrealml May 29, 2011 04:24 PM

                    Fruit-infused vodka, or fruit syrups for 'ades and mixed drinks.

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: lrealml May 29, 2011 05:01 PM

                      make a gastrique - it will complement poultry, pork and game meats beautifully...and if you're grilling, the fruit is really lovely paired with that hint of smoke.

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                        blue room RE: lrealml May 30, 2011 08:18 AM

                        Blintzes aren't *exactly* dessert, crepes filled with a cottage cheese mixture, topped with berries that don't have to be sweetened unto jelly.

                  2. mamachef RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 03:15 PM

                    Tomato and basil
                    Avocado and cilantro
                    Watermelon and mint
                    Cucumber and cumin
                    Apples and cinnamon
                    Bananas and 5-spice (does that count, since it's packaged together?)

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                      piccola RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 04:30 PM

                      Definitely mango with chili and lime.

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                        soytoy RE: piccola May 30, 2011 08:29 AM

                        Yum yum yum!

                      2. JEN10 RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 05:35 PM

                        Dates, sliced bananas, cinnamon, and honey, I like to add toasted walnuts too.

                        1. blue room RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 05:54 PM

                          Well don't forget fruit + cheese -- not just feta, the creamy kinds too.

                          And there's always fruit + fritter batter!

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                            rHairing RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 06:15 PM

                            Grill and freezer. Grilled peaches and bananas are amazing. Love frozen grapes.

                            1. Antilope RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 06:25 PM

                              Peaches + five spice powder

                              1. Rmis32 RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 06:33 PM

                                sliced oranges macerated in grand Marnier (w/ chocolate shavings on top, if I can add 1 more ingredient).

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                                  basketwoman RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 07:06 PM

                                  fruit and wine

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                                    audreyhtx1 RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 07:10 PM

                                    You would not believe how good pomegranate seeds go with cottage cheese. Even Alton Brown declares it the ultimate pomegranate combination.

                                    1. JEN10 RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 07:16 PM

                                      Persimmons and gorgonzola

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                                        jessinEC RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 09:42 PM

                                        Grilled pineapple with black pepper is fantastic.

                                        1. ipsedixit RE: GraceW May 29, 2011 09:47 PM

                                          Watermelon and pork belly.

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                                            raisa RE: GraceW May 30, 2011 06:27 AM

                                            Make base of sponge cakes, layer the berries, any custard sauce or not and top up with whipped cream. That's your trifle. Blend with yogurt, also add some whole or chopped and freeze for a couple hours to set. Scoop and serve. Did you try Raspberry sherbet?

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                                              jpc8015 RE: GraceW May 30, 2011 07:41 AM

                                              Watermelon with Tapatio, the Mexican hot sauce.

                                              1. prima RE: GraceW Jun 11, 2011 04:10 PM

                                                Made the following fruit salad today:


                                                granny smith apple, with skin left on for contrast

                                                clementine, with membrane and pith removed

                                                red seedless grapes


                                                pitted fresh cherries


                                                chiffonade of mint

                                                lime juice & white sugar to taste

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