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Nectarine Recipes: Sweet And Savory Uses For The Juicy Stone Fruit

Think it's just a fuzz-less peach? Well, fine. But we still think they're special.
08/22/2013 09:08am ET | Updated September 3, 2014

So, here's a truth we're not quite ready to confront: peaches and nectarines are actually the same species, but have a slightly different genetic makeup that leads to one having fuzzy skin and one having smooth skin. We love peaches, but have to admit that the fuzz tricks our brains into thinking that their flavor is a little different, and not quite as pure. Sometimes, we just want to bite into a juicy stone fruit unfettered by fuzz.

Peaches tend to get all the glory in late summer even though their cousins are just as delicious, and we decided it was time to give nectarine recipes a their time in the sun. Although they usually pop up in desserts, we've been eating nectarines in a ton of savory dishes this summer -- from caprese salads to bruschetta to grilled cheese.

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Fresh Nectarine Tart With A Hazelnut Crust And Rose Glaze
Big Sis Little Dish
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Fried Mozzarella, Basil And Nectarine Stacks With Balsamic Glaze
Half Baked Harvest
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Baked Peach And Nectarine Donuts With White Chocolate
Averie Cooks
4
Nectarine Pizza
Alexandra's Kitchen
5
Nectarine Mint Milkshakes
How Sweet It Is
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Nectarine Phyllo Tarts
Diane, A Broad
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Prosciutto, Nectarine And Fontina Panini On Rosemary Focaccia
Sarah Shatz/Food52
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Tomato, Nectarine And Mozzarella Salad
Sarah Shatz/Food52
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Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh
Kitchen Confidante
10
Brown Sugar Nectarine Ice Cream
savorysaltysweet/Food52
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Nectarine And Wisconsin Burrata Bite Crostini
Foodie Crush
12
Nectarine Slump
Sarah Shatz
13
Nectarine Upside-Down Cake
Drool Factor
14
Grilled-Fruit Bruschetta With Honey Mascarpone
Cedric Angeles
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Steamed Shrimp, Lime And Nectarine Salad
TASTE
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Stone-Fruit Butter
Petrina Tinslay
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Nectarine-Gingersnap Hobo Packs
Tina Rupp
18
Washington Nectarine Custard Pie
T.G.I. Pie Day
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August Red Nectarine Jam
Sara Remington
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White Nectarine Mostarda