Hard Fuyu persimmons are treated like vegetables here and turned into a savory (yet sweet!) fall or winter side dish. Roasting brings out the sweet, soft nature of often hard-as-rocks Fuyu persimmons. They are transformed into the perfect accompaniment to roasted pork or poultry and are ideal on the table with a Thanksgiving turkey or holiday ham.
The sweetness makes them a good foil for a bit of spice. If that sounds good to you sprinkle them with a bit of cayenne or a minced fresh jalapeno or serrano chile.
- 4 Fuyu persimmons
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil, or melted butter
- Sea salt to taste
- Optional: pinch of lemon, lime, or orange zest
- Preheat an oven to 375 F.* While the oven heats, cut off and discard the tops and bottoms of the persimmons. Peel the persimmons, if you like. Persimmon peel is a bit tough, but perfectly edible, so it's a question of taste. Peeling them will result in a more uniform final texture. Cut the persimmons into 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick slices.
- For easier clean-up, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the persimmon slices in a single layer on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with about half the oil. Turn the slices over and drizzle with the remaining oil.
- Bake the persimmon slices until tender and starting to brown, about 20 minutes. How long they take to roast depends on how ripe they are, so 20 minutes is just a guide – look for tender persimmon slices with browning edges over the clock.
- When done roasting, sprinkle the persimmon slices with salt to taste. You can grate a bit (about 1/4 teaspoon total) of lime and/or lemon and/or orange zest over them if you like.
- These savory sweet delights are best hot, very tasty warm, and still plenty good when served at room temperature, which is nice flexibility to have when cooking up a feast.
- Persimmons, like most roasted produce, are fairly flexible - too hot of an oven, though, and the sugars in them with burn rather quickly. Really any temperature between 350 F and 425 F will work, so if you have something else in the oven, you can pop these persimmons in alongside without too much worry.