Easter is on Sunday and I have a very serious confession to make to you all.
I don’t like eggs. Scrambled, fried, poached. No thanks. I won’t even sit next to a tray of deviled eggs at the dinner table.
Now, if you wanted to whip some eggs into a meringue or bake up a Dutch baby, I’m totally cool with that. Quiche is even alright with me too sometimes (mostly because there is pie crust, cheese and veggies involved). But straight up eggs, I just can’t do.
I know. I’m a weirdo. The whole #putaneggonit trend that’s been popular the last few years is completely lost on me. And if I’m being 100% honest, I have to admit that it even makes me a little bit squeamish at times.
But given that Easter and eggs go hand and hand, I decided to talk about something else that was kind of egg shaped: kumquats. The fruit that is as fun to eat as it is to say!
Ugh. My jokes are so lame. Sorry. Also, was that too far of a reach with the whole egg tie in? I don’t know. I need help.
Kumquats are a curious little fruit. They look almost identical to an orange, except for the fact that they are only a fraction of the size. And the entire thing is edible. That’s right. You can eat the peel, flesh and even the seeds. Just pop the whole fruit straight into your mouth for a surprising burst of sweet and tart flavors!
While kumquats can be eaten raw, I prefer to cook them briefly to help soften their peel and mellow out some of their tartness. For these Spicy Kumquat and Whipped Ricotta Crostini, I made a quick and dirty marmalade by heating the kumquats on the stove with some sugar and a roughly sliced jalapeño pepper. Then I used that mixture to top some toasted bread slices that were slathered in a little bit of whipped ricotta cheese. Totally life altering. Savory, sweet and just enough subtle warmth from the jalapeño pepper to keep things interesting. These would make perfect little appetizers for Easter!
Want some more kumquat inspiration? My friend Amanda has a recipe for Pickled Kumquats with Pink Peppercorns on her site. Go check it out!