August 16, 2011

Broiled Apricots with Goat Cheese and a Peach Salad



I picked up some apricots at the farmer’s market last weekend without any idea of what I would do with them. I’m not sure if I’ve ever even eaten a fresh apricot before, but they had little samples out to try, and I liked it so much that I bought two immediately!

After searching for recipe ideas, I decided to caramelize my apricots under the broiler and top them with goat cheese, chopped nuts and basil. I used honey-flavoured goat cheese, which went nicely with the apricots but made for a pretty sweet dish overall combined with the caramelized sugar and honey on top. I also paired them with a fresh peach salad to which I added more goat cheese, plus the leftover chopped nuts and basil.

I don’t know what possessed me to think that two whole apricots (plus the peach salad) was an appropriate serving size just for myself...I must have neglected to take into account the fact that two apricots actually equals four portions once you cut them in half. Oh well, I still enjoyed every bite! But I definitely would have appreciated the meal more if I had have been left wanting more rather than feeling stuffed!

So if you can still find fresh apricots and local peaches, give this recipe a try – just adjust the proportions of everything depending on how many people you are serving.




Caramelized Apricots with Goat Cheese, Basil and Almonds
Adapted from The Flourishing Foodie

2 apricots
1 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1.5-2 tbsp goat cheese (I used honey flavour)
about 3-4 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp chopped toasted almonds
honey for drizzling (optional)

Cut the apricots in half and remove the pit. Sprinkle the tops with coconut sugar and put on a baking sheet. Broil in the oven (500 degrees) for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the goat cheese with the chopped basil.

Remove apricots from oven and fill the halves with the goat cheese mixture. Sprinkle with chopped almonds and more basil (you won't need all the almonds, so save the rest for the salad). Drizzle with honey if desired.

Serve warm.



Peach Salad with Goat Cheese, Almonds and Balsamic Vinaigrette

You don't need an exact recipe for this, just arrange the ingredients on a plate and top with a simple dressing to let the flavours of the salad shine!

lettuce or mixed greens
1 large peach, sliced
goat cheese, crumbled
sliced toasted almonds (I used the leftovers from the apricots)
chopped basil
balsamic vinegar (reduced in a saucepan)
olive oil

2 comments:

  1. Great recipes! They look delicious! If you love goat cheese as much as we do check out some of our recipes! cheers.

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  2. made the dessert, using juicy ripe peaches. YUM!!!!!!!!!! Was doing an entire dinner with great vigoner wines!! Try it some time!!!

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