The best summer recipes are all about fresh ingredients, all about easy and all about flavor, and with Peachy-Keen Grilled Peaches, all the boxes are checked.
There is almost no food better than a just picked, juicy peach. It is one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind and one of my granddaughter’s favorite foods, as seen here in my Peach Shortcake post.
Peachy-keen is the adjective that best describes Grilled Peaches. What other fruit besides a peach is used as the definition for attractive, great, fabulous, excellent, fine, outstanding or beautiful? Have you ever heard strawberry-keen, blueberry-keen or watermelon-keen used as adjectives?
You might wonder why fresh fruit should ever be grilled. Lean in and I’ll let you in on a secret. Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness, adds a touch of caramelization and infuses a subtle smokiness. The end result is fruit that has layers of extra flavor. Plus, you’ll get plating bonus points because the griddle marks look fantastic.
To make Peachy-Keen Grilled Peaches, all you need are ripe (but firm) fresh peaches, oil and some kind of grill (indoor, outdoor or griddle). All you need to do is cut the peaches in half or in slices, remove the pits, brush the peaches with canola or olive oil and heat them on both sides long enough for griddle marks to develop. That’s it! If desired, you can sprinkle the peaches with brown sugar for a little extra caramelization. Another great way to add a touch of flavor is to sprinkle the already grilled peaches with fresh citrus zest before serving.
Grilled peaches are just as beautiful as they are delicious and can be used to add color and flavor to salads, side dishes, desserts and appetizers. Let your imagination fly. For a great dessert serve with ice cream or any variety of toppings and sauces. To serve as a salad, top with crumbled goat cheese, chopped nuts and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Fresh Peaches are special and deserve the honor of being used as an adjective. These Peachy-Keen Grilled Peaches are indeed spectacular.
If you are a peach lover, be sure to check out these other Simply Sated fresh peach recipes: Rustic Peach Tart, Peach & Shrimp Crostini with Pesto and Butter Pecan Peach Ice Cream. Oh yeah, we can’t forget Peachy-Keen Grilled Peaches tastes great alongside my Peach Bourbon Baby Back Ribs.
Peachy-Keen Grilled Peaches
- 4 fresh peaches ripe but firm
- Olive or canola oil
- Brown sugar
- Citrus zest your favorite
- Honey goat cheese crumbles
- Chopped nuts
- Balsamic vinegar any flavor
- Ice cream
- Mascarpone cream whipped
- Heavy cream whipped
- Dessert sauces i.e. caramel sauce
- Wash and dry peaches, set aside until heat source is ready.
- Oil the griddle or grill with canola oil.
- Cut peaches in half or into 1/4" slices, remove pits.
- Brush peach halves with oil and place flesh side down until fruit is warm and griddle marks develop. Turn fruit over and cook long enough to get griddle marks, but don’t let the fruit get mushy.
- Remove from heat and serve as is or with a topping of your choice.