Macerated fruit is a great no-cook side. Macerating is much like marinating except with fruit and not vegetables or meat. Because there is no cooking involved, this makes a great go-to side dish during summer months.
Macerating fruit is so simple. Adding a sprinkling of granulated sugar or a splash of liquid like maple syrup, liquor, citrus juice, or even vinegar helps to draw out the liquid of the fruit. The addition of lemon or lime zest adds a nice freshness and a subtle acidity. It takes only a few minutes to begin drawing out the liquid from the fruit, but the longer you allow the mixture to sit the better it will be. I like to draw out the liquid for about 30 minutes. You can also sallow it to macerate it in the refrigerator overnight for excellent results especially when using fruit like grapes and blueberries.
While my family could eat these berries and their liquid all by itself, we love adorning them with this creamy fruit dip on top.
You can also add this creamy fruit dip to berries that have not been macerated.
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