Sweet, scrumptious apricots are in season through spring and summer (and luckily, the dried variety is available all year round). These apricot recipes will have you baking fresh pies and cakes, combining apricots with savory meats in your slow cooker and oven, making muffins and quick bread, and preserving the fresh fruit in jars to enjoy when summer is long over.
Honey Grilled Apricots
Farm-fresh apricots become intensely sweet on the grill. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to turn the charred fruit into an elegant summer dessert. This sweet and buttery grilled apricot dish goes well with ice cream or with a soft cheese like Brie.
Dried Apricot Tart With Chocolate Tahini Ganache
Create a showstopping dessert to impress a crowd with this decadently delicious tart. A boozy, lightly-spiced apricot filling is nestled with a chocolate tahini ganache inside the sweet pastry crust. Tips are included for an optional lattice topping that’ll make a big impression at summer celebrations.
Baked Chicken with Apricots
The sweetness of apricots is a wonderful complement to mild, tender chicken breast. The meat is smothered in a simple homemade sauce of fresh and dried fruit, orange juice, brown sugar, ginger, and honey mustard, then baked to perfection in your oven.
Cocktail Meatballs With Apricot Preserves
Serve these homemade cocktail meatballs cooked in a tangy apricot barbecue sauce at your next open house or buffet party with toothpicks and napkins alongside for guests to help themselves.
Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka
Move over, chocolate babka! Here’s a creamy, tangy apricot variation you can serve at brunch or cut up as a sweet party appetizer. The dough is filled with apricot preserves and herbed goat cheese, baked until golden brown and topped with more preserves and slivered toasted almonds.
Kosher Lamb Stew With Apricots, Pears, and Mint
Moroccan-style lamb stew with apricots, pears, and fresh mint is an explosion of flavors in a bowl. Make this rib-sticking, braised meat and fruit recipe when you crave something warming with loads of palate-pleasing flavors.
See? This fresh fruit also works beautifully in a number of both savory and sweet dishes, providing them with a burst of refreshing flavor along with a pop of color. Just try one of the super recipes above for dinner and dessert dishes that showcase the apricot in all of its spring glory. You’ll be surprised to see how many of your party guests gravitate to the healthy orange dishes.