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What should I do with fresh apricots that is not a baked sweet?

tcamp Jun 15, 2013 11:00 AM

Have a basket. Drawing a blank. In salad? Grilled?

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  1. Paprikaboy RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 11:42 AM

    Apricot and goats cheese salad with toasted sunflower seeds.
    Make a quick apricot chutney and serve with grilled mackerel.
    Apricot compote and serve with Greek youghurt.

    1. hotoynoodle RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 11:49 AM

      was served lamb burgers last week at a cook-out that had fresh rosemary and bits of apricot in them. excellent.

      1. tim irvine RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 11:52 AM

        they are good in tagines

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          weezieduzzit RE: tim irvine Jun 15, 2013 12:23 PM

          This. They're my favorite fruit to add to a chicken tagine.

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          julesrules RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 12:03 PM

          If they are wonderful, I'm thinking keep it simple: eat out of hand, with a cheese plate, or halved with a cheese filling topped with pistachio or walnut.

          1. tim irvine RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 12:21 PM

            If you have enough, I love apricot almond marmalade...apricots plus sugar to taste, cook to desired texture, and add toasted slivered almonds

            1. c oliver RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 12:31 PM

              Grilled.

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                HillJ RE: c oliver Jun 15, 2013 01:32 PM

                2nd grilled and served with cheese and crusty bread.

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                  c oliver RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 06:38 PM

                  Or as a side dish. Or with good vanilla ice cream.

              2. breadwinner RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 12:31 PM

                Chutney! With roasted garlic. On grilled chicken.
                You can make candied or dried apricots if you have too much.
                They're also great thinly sliced and put in turkey sandwiches for a little twist.

                1. prima RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 01:00 PM

                  Jam or compote.
                  I love palatschinken filled with apricot compote. Haven't tried, since I usually order it in restaurants, but here is a recipe: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/163489/...
                  Apricot fool.http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/16...

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                    TerriL RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 01:40 PM

                    I make this all summer long (and in fact made it earlier today): make a simple syrup of about 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar in large pot. Add your pitted apricots and simmer until very soft, about 30 -- 45 minutes. I then like to use an immersion blender and push through a strainer, then return to pot and taste for sweet/sour. If you like I sweeter, make a little more simple syrup; if you like it tarter, add a little lemon juice. You could add straight sugar, but need it to dissolve fully; straight sugar can also darken the color. I occasionally add a little vanilla at the end. It keeps in the fridge for a couple weeks.

                    Anyway, we use this sauce jam/sauce for everything from yogurt and oatmeal to ice cream and toast. It's also great for baking thumbprint type cookies.

                    1. sunshine842 RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 07:14 PM

                      somebody this week was poaching them in wine -- don't remember who.

                      Grilled are awesome.

                      But when they're juicy and fragrant and sweet, my friends have been known to contemplate an intervention.

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                        HillJ RE: sunshine842 Jun 15, 2013 07:22 PM

                        I guess I'm not that memorable.ha!..I'm still poaching fruit in wine, including apricots.

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                          sunshine842 RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 07:28 PM

                          actually, I just came back to post that it was you, after reading the updates on the other thread. lol

                          I thought it was you, but I wasn't sure enough to say.

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                            HillJ RE: sunshine842 Jun 15, 2013 07:32 PM

                            Funny that, sun. I stumbled back on this thread to read up on new comments on how to enjoy and use apricots and saw yours. sitting in my lounge chair, drinking iced coffee watching the tube and reading along, your comment made me giggle.

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                              HillJ RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 07:36 PM

                              The apricots are so good right now I'll have to run to Costco on Monday and pick up some more.

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                            tcamp RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 07:47 PM

                            Was that in a WFD thread? I can't find it quickly by searching. Poached in wine sounds really good, maybe with some vanilla ice cream.

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                              HillJ RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 07:52 PM

                              tcamp, it was in the "why do you like wine" thread on the Wine Board. I really didn't offer a method, just mentioned that poaching fruit (pears especially, peaches & apricots) is one good reason to like wine.

                              have you ever tried wine poaching fruit?

                        2. EWSflash RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 07:51 PM

                          I got some apricots at Costco recently, no smell, no flavor except for some tartness. BUT- I diced a couple up in a glass, poured tequila over it, wamed it a little in the microwave, and that apricot flavor really came out- it was amazing. I imagine it would do something similar when grilled, please let us know..

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                            HillJ RE: EWSflash Jun 15, 2013 07:56 PM

                            No kidding, EW. I'm about to pick up another tray from Costco, they were super sweet, ripe and delicious. I've never tried apricots with warmed tequila tho.

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                              HillJ RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 07:58 PM

                              What I will say about grilling stone fruit is you gotta keep a good eye on them especially if the fruit is good & ripe. They will go from amazing to mushy in seconds.

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                                EWSflash RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 08:03 PM

                                Well, you should! My apricots had no flavor to speak of until they got "the treatment". Yours wilol probably be over the top wonderful if they're good to begin with! Let me know, if you tried them.
                                Sometimes I get so jazzed by the summer fruit arriving, I buy it before it's really the season for it..

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                              HillJ RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 07:54 PM

                              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...
                              one method for wine poaching

                              http://thescarfandstripe.blogspot.com...
                              slight variation

                              1. ipsedixit RE: tcamp Jun 15, 2013 08:00 PM

                                Grill and make salsa.

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                                  tcamp RE: ipsedixit Jun 16, 2013 03:25 AM

                                  Salsa, good one! I've been making mango-pineapple salsa every few days so I'm mentally slapping myself for not coming up with the idea.

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                                  MrsJonesey RE: tcamp Jun 16, 2013 06:42 AM

                                  Have not tried this, but it sounds great.
                                  http://bewitchingkitchen.com/2013/05/...

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                                    Hopefulone RE: tcamp Jun 16, 2013 08:18 AM

                                    I've used them sliced into an Asian stir fry after the meat and vegetables are almost done.

                                    1. hotoynoodle RE: tcamp Jun 16, 2013 11:51 AM

                                      apricots/necatrines/peaches -- all stone fruits -- play very nicely with almonds. love them diced and tossed into an herb/almond/feta salad.

                                      to those who grill them, goat cheese and bleu cheese pair beautifully.

                                      1. biondanonima RE: tcamp Jun 16, 2013 01:31 PM

                                        I've been meaning to make this grilled peach and bacon salad forever - I think apricots would be fabulous as well:

                                        http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/gr...

                                        You could also cook them a bit and then puree for cocktails - apricot bellinis would be great, or they'd be a lovely addition to a white sangria. Red sangria too, for that matter!

                                        1. chefj RE: tcamp Jun 16, 2013 02:51 PM

                                          Wrapped in Panchetta and Grilled or Roasted, with Thyme or Rosemary in a nice addition

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