I love the intense flavors that dried apricots provide and they only get better in my recipe for this apricot butter with vanilla, Moscato & rosemary. This pureed apricot stew translates to a butter texture once pureed and is such an amazing accompaniment with strong soft cheese and crackers making it the star to any charcuterie board and is definitely party food worth celebrating in every way.
The complex flavors of every ingredient come together into a beautiful amalgamation of goodness; not to mention it is so versatile. Not only is this great served at room temperature with cheese but also fabulous served warm on chicken or pork chops. So next time you see a bag of dried apricots to snack on, dream big and transform them into this delectable little dish worth stewing about.
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Apricot Butter with Moscato, Vanilla & Rosemary
This sweet and tangy apricot butter is perfect with strong soft cheese & crackers
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1 1/2 cups Moscato wine
- 2 cups dried apricots
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 rosemary sprigs about 3 inches each
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, use less if you want it less spicy
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
Scrape the seeds off the vanilla bean and place the seeds and the bean pod in a saucepan along with the wine, apricots, honey, rosemary and pepper flakes
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until apricots are very soft and liquid has been absorbed, about 35 to 40 minutes (mine took 40 minutes)
Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes and remove the vanilla bean pod and the stems of the rosemary sprigs, some of the rosemary will be left behind, that's fine.
Pour the contents of the saucepan into a food processor and add the lemon juice and salt, puree until smooth
Transfer to a lidded container and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use
Serve room temperature with crackers and soft cheese like blue, brie or goat
Can also be served warm over chicken or pork dishes