These Turkish-style stuffed apricots are incredibly easy to make and perfect for entertaining, whether as a sweet appetizer or simple bite-sized dessert.
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I always associate nibbling nuts with having people over for dinner when I was younger at my parents. My parents would always have a drink and snacks in the living room before dinner was served, with nuts being the most common. I always made sure I was near the bowl so I could dig in for more.
Now my kids seem to have inherited my soft spot for nuts and love snacking on them, particularly if they are a little sweet. Rather than offering just plain nuts to guests, though, these Turkish-style stuffed apricots are a great way to use nuts in a smarter, delicious way.
I first had these Turkish-style stuffed apricots at a Turkish restaurant in London a number of years ago. A few of us had opted for the set meal and got so wrapped up in the delicious mezze to start, we were already quite full before the mains came.
When they said there was dessert, our first response was we couldn't possibly manage. But when I saw stuffed apricots on the list, I knew I needed to try them. They are such a simple but delicious treat, I was so glad I managed to make a little room.
How to make Turkish-style stuffed apricots
All you do is:
- Rehydrate the apricots overnight by soaking in water.
- Simmer them in a simple syrup a few minutes then leave to cool.
- Stuff them with Greek yogurt and topped with nuts.
Actually traditionally it would be buffalo cream rather than yogurt, but that's not exactly easy to come by. Greek yogurt or labneh make a great alternative.
I've topped these with some Sahale Naturally Pomegranate Flavored Pistachio Glazed Mix that I picked up at Stop & Shop in the snack nuts and chips aisle. It's a tasty mix of whole roasted pistachios and almonds with cherries and pomegranate flavored apples, with a nice little peppery kick. The flavors are a perfect fit here. I used some of the nuts to top the apricots and then some colorful fruit and a few more nuts to decorate the plate (and nibble on!). They all add a lovely flavor to this simple dish.
These Turkish-style stuffed apricots are a simple and delicious treat perfect for entertaining. You can make them ahead of time and bring them out for everyone to enjoy when you need them. They're great as an appetizer or even a light dessert with coffee, as they would traditionally be served, plus they'd be great alongside a cheese board.
Try some when you are next entertaining (and of course find an excuse to make them any other time too).
Try these other finger foods:
- Prosciutto wrapped dates
- Cauliflower pakora
- Hot phyllo crab cups
- Plus see more appetizer recipes in the archives.
And if you like the fruit, nuts and dairy combination you might also like umm Ali, an Egyptian dessert similar to bread pudding.
Turkish-style stuffed apricots
- 3 oz dried apricots 85g
- ¾ cup water 180ml
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup Sahale Naturally Pomegranate Flavored Pistachio Glazed Mix 4tbsp, approx (if unavailable, use shelled pistachios)
- Soak the apricots in the water overnight.
- The next day, put the apricots and their soaking water in a small pan along with the sugar. Bring to a simmer and simmer approx 10 minutes so that the sugar is dissolved and the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Note that to here can be done ahead of time.
- Put approximately 1tsp of yogurt in the opening of each apricot and then press a glazed pistachio or almond into the yogurt. Repeat with the rest of the apricots and serve with a little more of the glazed nuts and fruit on the side for decoration.
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