Some fruits make summer all the more special, and apricots are one of them. Just think of their soft, juicy flesh when you bite in -- that's summer all in one mouthful. Apricots are amazing eaten right out of hand, but they're equally delicious in both sweet and savory dishes.

In the slideshow below you'll find some unique recipes, from classic pies and tarts to grunt and clafoutis. We also have some savory variations that grill the fruit or make it into a sauce.

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  • Rosemary Duck With Apricots

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/rosemary_duck_with_apricots/" target="_blank">Rosemary Duck with Apricots recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Apricot Riesling Jam

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/apricot_riesling_jam/" target="_blank">Apricot Riesling Jam recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Apricot BBQ Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2012/07/apricot-bbq-sauce/" target="_blank">Apricot BBQ Sauce recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

  • Apricot Habanero Wings

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2012/12/apricot-habanero-wings/" target="_blank">Apricot Habanero Wings recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

  • Fresh Apricot Compote With Vanilla Bean

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18461-fresh-apricot-compote-with-vanilla-bean" target="_blank">Fresh Apricot Compote with Vanilla Bean recipe</a> by apt2bbakingco via Food52</strong>

  • Apricot Chutney Ham And Cheese

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/1236-apricot-chutney-ham-and-cheese-with-spiced-caramel-crust" target="_blank">Apricot Chutney Ham and Cheese recipe</a> by vrunka via Food52</strong>

  • Apricot Almond Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/07/26/apricot-almond-tart/" target="_blank">Apricot Almond Tart recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Yeasted Coffeecake With Apricot Cream Cheese Filling

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/07/16/yeasted-coffeecake-with-apricot-cream-cheese-filling/" target="_blank">Yeasted Coffeecake With Apricot Cream Cheese Filling recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Breakfast Israeli Couscous

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/breakfast-israeli-couscous-with-apricots-almonds-coconut/" target="_blank">Breakfast Israeli Couscous recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Oatmeal Cookies With Dried Apricots And White Chocolate

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/oatmeal-cookies-with-dried-apricots-and-white-chocolate/" target="_blank">Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots and White Chocolate recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • How To Make Fruit Leather

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_fruit_leather/" target="_blank"> How to Make Fruit Leather recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Pork Chops With Apricot Brandy Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/13861-pork-chops-recipe-apricot-brandy-sauce.html" target="_blank">Pork Chops with Apricot Brandy Sauce recipe</a> by Steamy Kitchen</strong>

  • Scallops With Apricot Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/20390-scallops-with-apricot-sauce-recipe.html" target="_blank">Scallops with Apricot Sauce recipe</a> by Steamy Kitchen</strong>

  • Apricot And Basil Shortbread Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-and-basil-shortbr_n_1058201.html" target="_hplink">Apricot and Basil Shortbread Tart recipe</a></strong>

  • Tempeh With Apricots And Capers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tempeh-with-apricots-and-_n_1061279.html" target="_hplink">Tempeh with Apricots and Capers recipe</a></strong>

  • Clafoutis Aux Abricots (Apricot Clafoutis)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/clafoutis-aux-abricots_n_1294383.html" target="_hplink">Clafoutis aux Abricots recipe</a></strong>

  • Apricot And Blueberry Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-and-blueberry-tar_n_1058202.html" target="_hplink">Apricot and Blueberry Tart recipe</a></strong>

  • Upside-Down Apricot Skillet Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/upside-down-apricot-skill_n_1415720.html" target="_hplink">Upside-Down Apricot Skillet Cake recipe</a></strong>

  • Seared Chicken With Apricot Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/seared-chicken-with-apric_n_1061966.html" target="_hplink">Seared Chicken with Apricot Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Apricot Grunt

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-grunt_n_1061374.html" target="_hplink">Apricot Grunt recipe</a></strong>

  • Triple Fruit Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/triple-fruit-pie_n_1061448.html" target="_hplink">Triple Fruit Pie recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin And Apricot Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-pork-tenderloin-_n_1061743.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Apricot Salad recipe</a></strong>

  • Apricot Jam

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-jam_n_1061407.html" target="_hplink">Apricot Jam recipe</a></strong>

  • Apricot-Almond Clafouti

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-almond-clafouti_n_1049953.html" target="_hplink">Apricot-Almond Clafouti recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled Apricot, Arugula And Goat Cheese Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-apricot-arugula-_n_1058431.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Apricot, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad recipe</a></strong>

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