Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Warm Curried Fruit

Here's a short note and an easy recipe for a traditional and unique side for your holiday table. Christmas is just days away and my kitchen is filled with groceries, mulling spices, and two little ones in the floor with monster trucks and tea sets. Experiencing Christmas with my children is a gift like nothing else. Their excitement is literally contagious. I am grateful for every second of the season.
Curried fruit is an old Southern holiday favorite. It's not as common as it once was, but it is worth revisiting. It's divine with roasted duck, turkey and I'm serving it for Christmas dinner with a standing rib roast. Enjoy every bite and each single blessing of Christmas.

Warm Curried Fruit

Serves 6 to 8

1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks in 100% juice

1 (15-ounce) can pear halves in 100% juice

2 (15-ounce) cans sliced peaches in 100% juice

3/4 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup dried raspberries

1/2 cup chopped dried strawberries

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Lightly spray a 7 by 11-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Drain the pineapple chunks, pear halves, and sliced peaches and toss the fruit together in a large mixing bowl. Reserve the juice for another use. Add the cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and pecans and stir well.

Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Melt the butter in the microwave. Stir the brown sugar, curry, and vinegar into the hot butter. Pour over the fruit.

Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm.


Anne said...

It may be old fashioned, but I"ll tell you it is still the norm in Columbus, MS! Your recipe looks fabulous and I can't wait to try it.

Rebecca Lang said...

Thanks Anne! I hope your holidays are wonderful!

Bruce Barone said...

Ditto RE: kitchen Table and dining room table!

Our menu for Christmas Eve is long but tasteful and joyful.

And, now, I am just wondering if your wonderful recipe here could also find a home on our menu.

I think I shall talk it over with Susan.

Rebecca Lang said...

Bruce - Let me know if you make it. I'd love to hear how you like it!

mamamagnolia said...

I love this at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother-in-law makes a different recipe, but the same warm goodness. Another of my favorites fruit dishes is Ms. Becky's Stained Glass Fruit Salad