Nothing says summer quite like biting into a juicy piece of watermelon. Celebrate the season’s rich selection of fruits in the freshest way—with the help of sous vide. Try tart nectarines poached in ginger and honey atop slices of toasted baguette, or fold blueberries and herbs into creamy cheesecake—and naturally all of these dishes are best served al fresco.
BEE POLLEN ICE CREAM
Traditional vanilla ice cream delivers something unexpected with the addition of bee pollen. Marry the ice-cold summer treat with fresh peach halves infused with vanilla bourbon and then grilled for maximum satisfying sweetness.
HONEY-GINGER NECTARINE CROSTINI
For those craving simple fare, try this snackable appetizer. Honey and ginger heighten the flavor of quartered nectarines before they are grilled and paired with baguette slices and mint-infused mascarpone.
COMPRESSED FRUIT MOSAIC
When it feels too warm outside to cook, turn to no-heat compression with vacuum-sealing. This healthy, artful dessert compresses fruit with a light citrus, honey, and poppyseed dressing for two hours, packing the produce with flavor. Cubing the dressed fruit adds a presentation-worthy finish.
BLUEBERRY TARRAGON CHEESECAKE
Berries abound in this seasonal dessert. Sweet blueberries and chopped tarragon dot a rich cream cheese batter poured over a sugared macadamia nut crust. After cooking, complete the berry duo with sous vide raspberry coulis adorning each slice.
Shake up this cocktail with pre-prepared sous vide honey limoncello. Swapping out a traditional egg white foam for vegan-friendly aquafaba (chickpea liquid), this drink is the perfect accompaniment to a backyard dinner. Cheers!
This article originally appeared in Sous-Vide magazine’s Spring/Summer 2019 issue. Read the complete print archive here.
Compression makes the entire watermelon taste like the ultra-flavorful center. Celebrate the summer with this sophisticated and fresh salad.
Enjoy summer’s bounty longer with jarred peaches in a vanilla syrup.
Reinvent the classic skewer with exotic fruit and a flavorful coulis made using the sous vide method.