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These Turkish-style stuffed apricots are incredibly easy to make and perfect for entertaining, whether as a sweet appetizer or simple bite-sized dessert.
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 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 they’re made
The apricots are rehydrated overnight then simmered in a simple syrup before being stuffed 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, with the nuts topping the apricots and the colorful fruit and a few more nuts to decorate the plate (and nibble on!). They all add a lovely flavor to this simple dish.
While I’ve used the pomegranate pistachio mix here, Sahale Snacks makes a number of other delicious mixes, and they’re all non-GMO verified, gluten free and kosher. I can’t wait to try the Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix, and doesn’t their Thai Cashews Glazed Mix sound amazing? To temp you even more, click through on your local store for a voucher to get $1.50 off a 4oz bag at Giant Carlisle, Giant Landover, Martins or Stop & Shop.
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).
These stuffed apricots are incredibly easy to make and make a wonderful bite-sized appetizer/light dessert.
- 3 oz dried apricots 85g
- 3/4 cup water 180ml
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup Sahale Naturally Pomegranate Flavored Pistachio Glazed Mix 4tbsp, approx
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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