Caramelized Apricot Bruschetta – a perfect combination of sweet apricots, a lemon ricotta cheese, fresh herbs and bakery fresh bread. A great summertime snack, our quick bruschetta recipe comes together in under 20 minutes.
Apricots are the first sign of summer. You can’t beat the juiciness of freshly picked apricots. Part of the stone fruit family (with peaches and plums), you’ll find apricots in season from early May through July.
Just like other stone fruit (peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines), apricots have that hard pit in the center. Make sure to discard the pit, it isn’t edible. Even though they have a heart of stone, apricots still provide some great health benefits.
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Health Benefits of Apricots
Even with that heart of stone, apricots still have a lot to offer!
- Rich source of antioxidants ,which help neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress
- Rich in potassium to help lower lower blood pressure
- High in fiber (both soluble and insoluble) – great for digestive health and may help lower cholesterol
- Great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin – supports eye health and skin health
And I’ve got the perfect recipe for your apricots. Caramelized Apricot Bruschetta. A quick bruschetta recipe ready in under 20 minutes, the perfect party appetizer or snack.
Ready to make this simple Caramelized Apricot Bruschetta? Let’s do it!
1↠ Caramelize the apricots. Slice the apricots first, then add sliced apricots and honey/maple syrup to a medium pan over low-medium heat. Saute for about 10 minutes or until apricots are caramelized and soft, but not mushy.
2 ↠ Slice the bread. While the apricots are cooking, slice bread into 1-inch slices. Set aside.
3 ↠ Prepare lemon ricotta. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, honey, salt, lemon juice and zest until combined.
4 ↠ Assemble. Spread the ricotta mixture over each bread slice, add caramelized apricots and garnish with mint, thyme and pistachios. Enjoy!
Caramelized Apricot Bruschetta: Tips, Tricks and Tools
Real Maple Syrup or quality Honey: the cheap stuff just won’t do. Invest in the good stuff, where a little goes a long way.
Fresh Apricots. Apricots are in season from July through September. Opt for in-season first – if you see apricots in December, they’re most likely not local, and will have less flavor and fewer nutrients. Getting them locally from a farmer’s market is the best bet for finding fresher and tastier apricots.
Look for apricots that are plump and golden in color. Avoid the bruised and shriveled ones. The sniff test is always a good indicator – choose apricots that have a sweet and apricot-y fragrance.
Bakery fresh bread. Sandwich bread will not do this recipe justice. Get the good loaf from the bakery. A baguette or whole wheat french bread is a great size for bite-size bruschetta.
We hope you love this simple Caramelized Apricot Bruschetta!
- Perfect for an easy snack or colorful appetizer
- Ready in under 20 minutes
- Utilizes summer produce with fresh apricots, mint and thyme
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Caramelized Apricot Bruschetta
- 1 loaf whole wheat french bread or baguette
- 5-6 apricots sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- mint for garnish
- thyme for garnish
- pistachios (optional) chopped, for garnish
- 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta
- 1 lemon juice + zest
- 1-2 tablespoons honey depending on desired level of sweetness
- salt a pinch
- Caramelize apricots: Pour honey/maple syrup into a cast iron (or non stick pan), add apricots and saute for about 10 minutes, or until apricots are caramelized
- Slice bread: While the apricots cook, slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices, set aside
- Lemon ricotta: Mix ricotta, lemon juice and zest, honey and salt in a small bowl
- Assemble: Spread ricotta mixture over each slice of bread, add caramelized apricots, garnish with mint, thyme and chopped pistachios. Enjoy!
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