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Grilled Apricots with Whipped Ricotta, Basil and Sherry Vinegar Syrup

By • August 16, 2011 • 7 Comments

Grilled Apricots with Whipped Ricotta, Basil and Sherry Vinegar Syrup

- Merrill

It feels like I've had the same conversation over and over this summer -- about how it's been a particularly good year for fruit. People can't seem to stop talking about the plump, blushing peaches that drip juices down our arms, the tart plums whose taut skins snap under our teeth, the blood-red cherries that pop gently as we bite into them, releasing a flood of sweetness. Everyone's waxing poetic!

When fruit is this good, it's a crime to do much to it, so I came up with this simple dessert -- it's sort of like a cheese course and dessert all in one, with a mix of contrasting flavors and textures. Ripe apricot halves are barely kissed by the grill, and then topped with an airy spoonful of ricotta and basil and a drizzle of sherry vinegar syrup (technically a gastrique, if you want to get fancy). Dessert in a flash.

Grilled Apricots with Whipped Ricotta, Basil and Sherry Vinegar Syrup

Serves 4

  • 6 tablespoons turbinado (raw) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
  • 6 apricots, ripe but still a little firm
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Like this post? See Merrill's post from last week: Roasted Zucchini with Chili-Mint Vinaigrette

Photos by Jennifer Causey


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almost 3 years ago TXExpatInBKK

This looks YUM. I was talking to my mom just this morning who was lamenting the lack of local fruit and veggies in Texas due to the awful drought and insane heat. I'm glad you guys aren't suffering as well!

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almost 3 years ago Fairmount_market

My husband always insists on throwing on peach halves when we have the grill going. We'll have to try apricots next time.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

I really like the simple details here, from the finely chopped basil in the whipped ricotta to the touch of sherry vinegar in the simple syrup. Lovely!

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almost 3 years ago Lizthechef

What is it about apricots that make them so special? Your recipe is a perfect showcase for my favorite summer fruit...

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almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks so much! Love apricots too.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love this, never thought of grilling apricots. Perfectly beautiful light dessert.

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almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks!