Sautéed Apricots

 

Sautéed Apricots

You know how they say there’s only one true love for each of us out there?

Sauteed Apricots recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Well, I feel that way about apricot trees.

Sauteed Apricots recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Yep.  I said apricot trees.

Let me explain…

Sauteed Apricots recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

You see, I grew up on a 60-acre ranch in a small town.  On that ranch, there was this apricot tree.

Now, this was no ordinary apricot tree.

Sauteed Apricots recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This was the apricot tree.  The tree that produced apricots against which all apricots would later be judged (though I did not realize it at the time).

The apricots from this wonderful little tree were absolutely spectacular.  Sadly, I’ve never quite been able to find equivalent apricots to the wondrous little pieces of heaven I so effortlessly picked on that ranch.

Sauteed Apricots recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Oh, what I would give to have that tree again!  My one true apricot tree. Sigh.

Given that all apricots since have paled in comparison, I tried to find other ways to enjoy them.

Sauteed Apricots recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Like adding butter and sugar.  Seems reasonable, right?

This is a simple way to prepare fresh apricots that will increase their flavor and make a tasty little topping for ice cream or yogurt.  Though, we also like it by itself.

For all those apricots that didn’t come from my one true tree.

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Sautéed Apricots
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Try these Sautéed Apricots over yogurt, ice cream or by themselves. Great way to liven up fresh apricots.
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1½ tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 5 fresh apricots, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar (plus 1 additional tbsp. if apricots are tart)
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and heat until melted.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine apricots with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, vanilla extract and nutmeg. Toss to combine.
  3. Add apricot mixture to pan and cook until sauce thickens and apricots just slightly start to fall apart, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.