Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tunisian Fruit Salad With Orange Butter Sauce

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My grandfather was in the French Air Force and he was stationed in many places all over the world including Tunisia, so I have a few exotic recipes which have become family favorites. This one is easy, delicious and quite refreshing. It's something my paternal grandmother used to make in the summertime and uses some of my dad's favorite ingredients.

As you can see, all it is is slices of oranges, diced dates and chopped (or whole) pistachios. The sauce is very French though. I don't know if it is because Tunisia was once a French colony or if it was my grandmother's own French touch which was thrown in, but it really doesn't matter as long as our palates love it.

Here's how to make the Orange Butter Sauce for 2-3 people
1/2 a stick of butter
1/4 cup of sugar
Juice of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lemon
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 Tablespoons of Grand Marnier
2 Tablespoons of dark Jamaican Rum

Make sure your orange and lemon skins are free of wax before zesting (finely grated).
In a skillet, melt the butter and add all the liquids and sugar. Simmer and let bubble up. You can also flambe (flambe how-to) your sauce to remove all traces of alcohol. Remove from heat and stir in grated zest. Serve over the orange slices, dates and pistachios.

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  1. I completely skipped over you and Shannon-aaahhh!Oh My-this looks delicious! I love oranges and pistachios for sure!My post is here!

    BTW~do you use another program to write your posts and then post them to your blog? If so-I would like to know which one you are using. I have been trying out a few but can't find the right one I like!

    Thanks for playing this week!

    Toodles Noodles,

  2. Hi, Mere. No special program. I type straight into Blogger most of the time. If I'm off-line, I just use Notepad which came as a basic with the computer. Notepad is straight text and doesn't insert any possibly unwanted codes like Word can.

  3. This dessert is soo yummy Joy I will try soon!!!!(I have alot of oranges) xxxxxGloria

  4. Orange and Butter together in a sauce? Oh my goodness, where can I get some!?! What else can you serve it on?

  5. I enjoyed looking at your site! The pictures are lovely and I like the links to all the ice cream recipes.

  6. ames, it's a classic with crepes. It goes very well with cheesecake, cakes and bread puddings. Oranges partner very well with just about anything chocolaty too.

    Teacher Mommy, thank you! I'm glad you left a comment to let me know you stopped by. Best of luck on your new blog.


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