There is something about walking by a fruit stand and the smell of ripe peaches and plums wafting up on a warm afternoon that just makes all of the sweat and exhaustion of summer days worth it. The sweet smell warms your senses and reminds you just what it is about the season that you love.
With all the hot days of recent, this reminder has been quite necessary.
Stone fruits include the likes of summer favorites like peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries and all of the interesting combinations of those that farmers are coming up with. All of these juicy fruits and their mouthwatering flesh are summertime classics in their own right, but adding them into new recipes is a fun way to make use of them.
Read on for our top ten stone fruit recipes. How are you using the bounty of the summer? Let us know in the comments below!
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Peach Sabayon with Balsamic Peaches - The sweet/tangy combination of the peaches and balsamic make for a lovely, light dessert for weeknight meals.
Fried Plum Ravioli with Mint Cream - Kids will love these gooey, plum-filled fried pastries.
Peach, Prosciutto and Ricotta Crostini - Many people use prosciutto with ripe cantaloupe, but it is equally delicious with soft and tender peaches. The fresh ricotta adds an extra flavor and texture profile here.
Roasted Apricot Sorbet - A refreshing sorbet with great depth of flavor. Serve with slices of the fresh fruit for even more apricot goodness.
Rustic Plum Tart - The homemade look of this tart is incredibly beautiful, and the baked fresh plums add a lovely tang of summer.
Nectarine and Radish Salsa - This chunky salsa is perfect with pork or fish because of its fruit and onion combination, but it is equally delicious served with a simple bowl of corn chips or toasted pita.
Grilled Nectarines with Feta - Tender nectarines are complemented greatly by the addition of some char from the grill. Creamy, salty feta adds a unique extra dimension.
Apricot and Basil Shortbread Tart - Basil adds a fresh component to this rich dessert tart.
Apricot-Cherry Trifle - This layered dessert makes for a great way to use not just one of the season's stone fruits, but two!
Smoked Duck and Cherry Pressed Sandwich - Duck and cherries are a natural pairing and this sandwich amplifies both. A real treat for summer picnics.