Mascarpone Apricots 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Dec 26, 2017

These are tart and sweet and bite-size -- just right for the end note to a round of hors d'oeuvres.

Make Ahead: They can be assembled and refrigerated, without the honey, a day in advance. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Where to Buy: We used a coriander honey for drizzling, available at Balducci's.


Servings:
8

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Tested size: 8 servings; makes 16 pieces

Ingredients
  • 16 plump, dried apricots (sulphured or unsulphered)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1/3 cup good-quality honey, preferably one with a distinctive flavor (see headnote)
  • Flaked salt

Directions

Use a small serrated knife to make a horizontal split two-thirds of the way around each apricot.

Place the pistachios in a medium bowl.

Open and fill each apricot with a teaspoon or two of mascarpone so that some of the cheese is showing right at the edge, arranging them on a platter or cheese board as you work. Press into the pistachios, coating the mascarpone side. Drizzle each stuffed apricot with some honey and sprinkle with a little flaked salt.

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Recipe Source

Based on a dessert served at Agora, a Turkish restaurant in the District's Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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