When summer arrives, everyone’s minds go to the same place: peaches, berries and corn. This year, we urge you to make room in your farmers market tote for apricots, one of the most underrated summer fruits out there. Not only are they a great source of potassium, vitamins and even protein, but they also taste divine. They’re almost like a sweet-and-sour peach-plum hybrid (they’re a type of stone fruit, after all). Here are 40 apricot recipes to make this season that put the produce center stage.
40 Apricot Recipes That Celebrate the Underrated Summer Fruit
7. Gluten-free Pistachio Apricot Tart
This fruit-topped stunner is so naturally gorgeous that all it needs is a flourish of pistachios and confectioners’ sugar before being served.
11. Heart Thumbprint Cookies
We fill ’em with raspberry jam for Valentine’s Day, but apricot jelly would taste just as delicious. If the jam you have is too chunky, blend it in the food processor to smooth it out before filling the cookies.
14. Roast Pork Loin With Caramelized Persimmons And Onions
Apricots make a cameo in yet another cold-weather dish in the form of jam. It’s one of three ingredients that make the pork’s tangy, sweet sauce possible.
15. Sweet-and-sticky 3-ingredient Apricot Chicken With Cauliflower Rice
You’re only 40 minutes away from this weeknight delicacy, thanks to an inconspicuous shortcut ingredient: Russian dressing.
19. Moroccan Fruit And Nut Truffles
Just about any dried fruit will do here, since most pair well with nuts and cinnamon. Think dates, golden raisins or dried cranberries.
20. Apricot Almond Pop Tarts
One bite and you’ll never look at the store-bought kind the same way again. The three-ingredient almond glaze would also taste great over cake, shortbread or donuts.
Apricot jam and delicate rose water are absolute soulmates. But you could totally break away from tradition and substitute strawberry jam if you’d like.
27. Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad
Come for the fresh veggies, stay for the five-ingredient tahini dressing that could double as a killer chicken or tofu marinade.
28. Pastry-wrapped Baked Brie With Thyme Butter Roasted Plums
Have you ever tried a plumcot? It’s a cross between a plum and an apricot and it’s, in a word, epic. They’re even more heavenly when baked with cheese and sugared puff pastry.
31. Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burgers With Apricot Chutney And Pistachio Feta Pesto
We love a run-of-the-mill backyard cheeseburger just as much as the next guy. But these 40-minute gems blow the usual way out of the water.
33. Rice Pilaf With Nuts And Dried Fruit
This grain dish has Thanksgiving side written all over it, between the warm spices and dried fruit. Serve it with chicken shawarma, Moroccan beef or lamb kebabs.
35. Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken With Sweet Potatoes And Cauliflower
BRB, drowning ourselves in homemade feta yogurt sauce. Anyone up for making this main a handheld by stuffing a toasted pita with the chicken and veggies?
37. Sachertorte (austrian Chocolate Apricot Cake)
Sachertorte is the Austrian equivalent to American apple pie: It’s a national treasure. This version is inspired by the O.G., with rich cake and rum-infused apricot jam…but it uses dark chocolate ganache instead of traditional boiled icing.
38. Honey Strawberry Apricot Tart
Homemade almond-vanilla cream meets golden-brown summer fruit. The fluffy, light-as-air whipped mascarpone cream is merely the cherry on top.
39. Broiled Fruit With Rosemary-honey Mascarpone And Crushed Amaretti
For the uninitiated, amaretti cookies are a popular type of Italian cookie made with almond paste, almonds and apricot kernels. Save the rosemary honey for Greek yogurt, chicken marinades and beyond.