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16 Recipes That Make Even Imperfect Plums Shine

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It is easy to underestimate plums—especially if you've been disappointed by watery or wan ones before. But when you get good ones, they're so good, and the sweet rootiness, the prickly tartness of perfect plums comes shining out.

Luckily, plums tend to come in gluts, which means you can eat as many as you can bear and then turn the rest into breakfast or dessert or nearly anything, sweet or savory, in between. Here are 16 of our favorite ways to cook with them:

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Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel
Crème Fraîche Plum Cake with Plum Caramel
Savory Plum Tart

Savory Plum Tart by JackieK

Plum Avocado Summer Salad

Plum Avocado Summer Salad by Lena S.

Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean
Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean
Tomato & Plum Galette with Black Pepper-Parmesan Crust
Tomato & Plum Galette with Black Pepper-Parmesan Crust
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Marian Burros' Plum Torte
Marian Burros' Plum Torte
Simple Summer Pork Chops with Balsamic-Pepper Plum Reduction and Fresh Thyme
Simple Summer Pork Chops with Balsamic-Pepper Plum Reduction and Fresh Thyme
Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts and Mint

Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums, Pine Nuts ... by Brita

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Plums by Kenzi Wilbur

Blueberry Plum Crumble
Blueberry Plum Crumble
Plum Galette with a Whole-Wheat Crust
Plum Galette with a Whole-Wheat Crust
Plum Tart

Plum Tart by Amanda Hesser

Raspberry-Plum Swirl Breakfast Frozen Yogurt

Raspberry-Plum Swirl Breakfast Frozen Yogurt by fiveandspice

 Golden Plum Kir Royale "Bowle," A Fruity Summer Wine Drink
Golden Plum Kir Royale "Bowle," A Fruity Summer Wine Drink
Italian or French Plums in Brandied Coffee Syrup
Italian or French Plums in Brandied Coffee Syrup

How do you cook with plums? Do you like them on the sweeter end or the savory one? Tell us in the comments.

Tags: plums, stone fruit