Apricot extravaganza

I'm slowly working my way through a small mountain of apricots (the photo you see is after using some to make about 7 pints of jam), and would love some recipe recommendations! Right now I'm also planning to make ice cream and perhaps cook a few in Sauternes to serve with flan, but I would love to take some of the fruit in other directions.

Rachel Sanders
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threefresheggs July 1, 2012
i should say that the pecan meal ought to have some demerara sugar, salt & blk pepper mixed in.
Pegeen July 1, 2012
@threefresheggs, I don't think it's too far. You just made me think of a "state fair" beignet take - a sweet, ripe apricot in a very light batter dusted with sugar? Oui, chef!

The current Mint Contest also just made me think they'd be a great combo with mint and maybe basil.
threefresheggs July 1, 2012
Oh! I was putting blue cheese stuffed buggers in the fryer-in-my-head w/ pecan meal coating and dusting the result with cayenne pepper! But the beignet sounds nice, too, though I am not much of a sweet tooth. Let's put them both on sticks!

Spicy with basil sounds lovely as well, maybe playing with the hard peach salad recipe I keep seeing in the right hand column?
threefresheggs July 1, 2012
Admittedly, I have never tried this, but reading about too many apricots makes me want to spend a little time jamming them with cheese and roasting the stuffed buggers with nuts. maybe drizzling the result with honey? Would crusting them with nuts and deep frying be going too far?
Pegeen July 1, 2012
Apricot (or peach) glaze for salmon or pork

- 10 small, ripe apricots, peeled, pitted and diced medium (can substitute 5 or 6 ripe peaches)
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno (can sub red pepper flakes)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Salt and pepper

In a saucepan, bring everything except jalapeno, lime and salt to a boil over medium heat. Immediately turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Add apricot mixture to a blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Add jalapeño, lime juice and salt and pulse processor or blender a few times until mixture is well combined. Check seasoning and adjust to taste. Use to baste fish or pork.
Amitha's E. July 1, 2012
try making an apricot kugen. A simple German desert. I should put the recipe on here because the ones I just looked at online doesn't look at all like how my family makes it.
Rachel S. July 1, 2012
Please do! :)
Pegeen June 30, 2012
Amanda's very easy no-roll-crust peach tart would work well with apricots. Have made it with just about every other fruit. http://food52.com/recipes/14217_peach_tart
Sometimes instead of sugar crumb topping I melt some jam with fresh berries and a squirt of fresh lemon, slowly over low heat. Use a hard spatula to scrape that through a mesh sieve, then use the sauce to glaze the fruit, about half-way through baking, instead of using the sugar topping.
jsdunbar June 30, 2012
I dry apricots to eat all year as snacks, to add to granola & trail mix. One year I made apricot leather for the kids to take in their school lunches & it was addictive.
ChefOno June 30, 2012

The aforementioned galette, and poached for dessert (maybe over ice cream this time of year) are two of my favorites. Topping even those are apricot Danish and shortbread cookies. On the savory side, pork tenderloin en croûte makes a most elegant presentation.

jilhil June 30, 2012
Apricot crumble - chop up the apricots then top them with a mixture of oatmeal, flour, butter, a little sugar, cinnamon and chopped almonds. Bake at 350 degrees until the top is crisp.
dietjessg June 29, 2012
Verlet's Apricot Tart (you can find the recipe on Epicurious) is divine!
chefsusie June 28, 2012
Red pepper apricot chutney. Fresh salsa for salmon. Apricots, herbs with couscous. Pork with apricots, Dijon, honey/maple. Use apricots with a curry include squash and basmati. An apricot galette? Poached for dessert? Can you tell I love apricots? Raised on a farm with 4 varieties.
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