7 Ways to Enjoy Your Last Mangoes of the Season
From salad dressings to a local-style PB&J, here’s a roundup of internet mango ideas we’ve been drooling over.
When harvest comes, the mangoes come hard and fast. If you have a tree, it could mean a yard littered with fallen fruit hours away from being set upon by bugs. If your co-worker has a tree, it could mean bags handed out to everyone in the office with extras in the conference room.
Now that we’re at the end of mango season, we’ve gotta get those guys into our stomachs ASAP, or use them to create delicious iterations that will keep us warm with summery, sweet memories through the cold, mangoless winter. Here are our picks.
1. Mango Ice Cubes for Rapid-Fire Smoothies
Photo: Spice the Plate
Smoothies are an obvious choice. Freezing blended mango pulp will save you the time of cutting up a fresh mango each time and make delicious smoothies available for winter months, like this one from Spice the Plate. When you’re ready, you can throw the cubes into a blender with honey and milk for a refreshing and easy treat. Or defrost the puree for mango bread, muffins or other baked goods during the holiday season.
Bonus: Obviously mango cubes are only one step away from mango ice pops.
2. Mango Lassi
Photo: Simply Recipes
For those who are looking for a little extra, cardamom and yogurt can turn your already awesome smoothie into an Indian lassi. This recipe from Simply Recipes will keep refrigerated for 24 hours.
3. Mango Salad Dressing
Most versions of mango salad dressings, like this one from The Café Sucre Farine, involve blending mango with citric juice, then adding olive oil to make an emulsion. Toss in your own blend of peppers and spices to taste. The simplest recipe someone gave us was to mash the fruit with a fork, mix it with mayo and add wasabi for a kick.
Note: Make this in small batches because they will only keep for a few days to a week.
4. Mango Salsa or Relish
Photo: Cookie and Kate
Just take any salsa recipe and replace the tomatoes with mango, like how they do it in Cookie and Kate. You can make a chip dip or a relish to plop on another dish. Don’t worry about storing this, you won’t have any left.
5. Grilled Mango
Photo: Food Network
Just like our second-favorite stone fruit, peaches, you can grill mango for a warm and tender treat. The Bobby Flay version from the Food Network looks absolutely luscious.
6. Peanut Butter-and-Mango Sandwich
photo: Le Creme de la Crumb
So you want mango jam but don’t have the patience to cook up a batch. Do a Le Crème de la Crumb move by skipping the boiling and blending and just adding mango slices to a peanut butter sandwich. You can drizzle with honey, just don’t eat while driving or wearing nice clothes.
7. Dry Mango in Car
Life hack time. Don’t have a Ronco Food Dehydrator? The Tangled Nest teaches you how to dry fruit in the back window of a parked car.