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Roasted Plums with olive oil, thyme & yogurt

August 26, 2012

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On the long list of things that complete me are the following:

You.

Margaritas.

My sisters.

Unsweetened, too creamy coffee.

Doughnuts,

and things that I can’t ruin (yea… generally speaking).

It’s Monday.  Sometimes Mondays are stupid with their challenges (ie: getting the heck out of bed), and I just need to embark on a task that I know I can’t futz up.  Roasting fruit is absolutely my go-to no-futz maneuver.  It’s all about starting with something already delicious, adding to its delicious, then toasting it in the oven.  I really can’t go wrong.  It’s summer Monday perfect…. especially if you add coffee and granola (just sayin’).

Tomorrow can I bring you a Notes to Self: Part Four?  I need to tell you how I’m afraid of everything… (but so is everyone else).

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Beautiful black plums.  I love how dark and frosty the skins are.  They feel like a mystery.  Inside the fruit is light and sweet while the skin stays taut and tart.

Wait… does that make any sense at all?

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I topped these plums very simply with a combination of sweet and savory ingredients.  Olive oil, granulated sugar, some fresh thyme leaves, and a good pinch of salt.  The sweet and savory combination keeps the plums balanced.  We don’t need to add a ton of sweetness to the already sweet fruit… we just want to enhance it with balance.

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Quality time in a hot oven encourages these plums to ease slightly, creating tender, warm, soft-skinned fruit pieces.

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It’s all about the pairings.  I placed these warm plums over a non-fat Greek yogurt and granola combination.  I consider it breakfast, brunch, and lunch.  These plums would also be totally incredible atop vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel sauce.  Really though… what wouldn’t be delicious on top of ice cream and caramel?

These roasted plums are a simple way to enjoy August.  It’s not a lot of fuss.  We don’t need a lot of fuss when we’re starting off with pretty and good.

Roasted Plums with Olive Oil, Thyme & Yogurt

serves 4

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4 to 6 rip plums, cut in half and pitted

a good drizzle of olive oil

two pinches salt

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

nonfat Greek yogurt

granola

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In an 8×8-inch square baking pan, place halved plums, cut side up.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, sugar, and thyme leaves.

Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the plums are cooked through and beginning to bubble.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool to warm or room temperature.

To serve, place desired amount of Greek yogurt in a small bowl.  Add two roasted plums, and top with granola.  Serve immediately.

Plums will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.  They can be reheated or served cold.


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