Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Grilled Peaches with Chevre and Honey


We’re still outside grilling and holding onto the warm evenings for as long as possible.  I’m savoring every last bite of summer and, with all the orchards just down the road, I’m eating the best peaches of my life. Sweet and juicy, I can’t even begin to count how many pounds of luscious peaches have entered our kitchen. A happy time indeed!


In addition to eating peach dumplings, peach pie, peach jam and just plain peaches, I made this simple dessert of Grilled Peaches with Chevre and Honey.  I grilled peach halves until warm and soft, then topped each with a little scoop of soft goat cheese and a drizzle of honey.


We have a marvelous local source for goat cheese here in the valley, Sunny Pine Farm, and their chevre is really lovely - creamy and indulgent, with just the right amount of tanginess to complement the sweetness of peaches and honey. A pinch of flaky sea salt and a sprig of fresh mint finished them off nicely.


This is a flexible recipe and allows you to use whatever late summer stone fruit, herb or soft cheese you may have on hand. Grill some nectarines and top with feta, or use maple syrup and thyme in place of honey and mint.  You can also bake the peach halves in your oven until soft and go from there. Just be sure to serve these little treats warm, so the cheese is meltingly soft and decadent, a glorious way to celebrate these last heavenly days.


Grilled Peaches with Chevre and Honey
Serves 4

2 ripe peaches, sliced in half and stones removed
Soft goat cheese
Honey
Flaky sea salt
4 sprigs of fresh mint

Heat your barbecue on high until very hot. Place the peach halves cut side down on the grill and close the top. Grill for about 6 minutes, or until the peaches are soft but not mushy. Carefully remove each peach half to a small plate. Scoop a tablespoon of goat cheese on top, drizzle with honey and sprinkle on a generous pinch of flaky sea salt. Garnish with mint and serve right away.

26 comments:

  1. A sublime combination. Grilling fruit is a wonderful way to amplify the flavor.

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    1. Thank you, Lynda! Grilling fruit really is delicious. I wish I'd done more over the summer! Luckily there's still time. :)

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    1. Thank you, Pop! We miss you here a lot and hope you're doing well. xo

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  3. Perfectly simple and delicious. I love grilled peaches. YUM!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! Grilled peaches are such a treat, aren't they? I'll have to make some more before the season ends.

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  4. What a decadent combo! Lovely, Hannah. Fresh grilled peaches. Can you get any better?

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! Grilled peaches are truly one of summer's most delicious pleasures - can't wait to make more before the season ends. :)

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  5. So simple and so perfect! When you are using the best quality ingredients, you don't need to do much - I imagine that is an amazing dessert! I wish I would have picked up some of that goat cheese at Grove Street!

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    1. You are so right, Alyssa! Simple and quality go together well. I'm happy to bring you some of the goat cheese when I see you next. :)

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  6. Hi Hannah, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Jams, Jellies & Relishes was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series on Carole's Chatter today. Cheers

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    1. Carole, thank you so much for including my link! I appreciate you letting me know. :)

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  7. I rarely roast peaches - I must! Roast fruit is so great. Love the idea of combining it with goat cheese - sounds like a terrific combo. It's been literally too hot to grill here (temperatures close to 100 F), but it's going to cool off over the weekend, so you'll probably find me outside grilling at some point. Good stuff - thanks.

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    1. I haven't roasted nearly enough fruit this summer, so fortunately there's still time. We're continuing to have hot weather, but we're hovering around the low 90s, not like your 100 degrees! Stay cool and I hope you can get some grilling in this weekend. :)

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  8. We should be neighbors...this is what I love most about summer and I don't want to let go either!

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    1. Sigh...Barb, I would so happily be neighbors with you! Enjoy these last weeks of summer. I was just thinking about you - are you near any of the flooding? Stay safe. xx

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    2. I'm peach crazed any time of the year and this looks lovely! :) I even have a brand line that has red peach salsa with Vidalia Onions..YUM!
      www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

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    3. Thank you, Tamara! Peaches and Vidalia onions sound divine together. I'm happy you stopped by!

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  9. Our grill is broken! We have gone all Summer without grilled goodness (except over the campfire). I wonder what would happen under a broiler? I love the chevre on this. I wish they sold down in the Seattle area!

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    1. Oh Brooke, what a shame! From the look of your summer party, though, I can see that you were not lacking in summer deliciousness...what a lovely buffet. I think the broiler could be a good sub for grilling peaches - it's all about that warm, juicy peach flavor. I hope the school year is off to a good start for your boys!

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    2. So far so good! They really seem to be enjoying it so far!

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  10. These are utter perfection. Love it! I'm with you and am holding on (well frantically clutching really) to the last gasps of summer. Wasn't it a beauty?!

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    1. Thank you, Erina! This was an unbelievable summer and I have high hopes for autumn now. Can't wait to see you at IFBC!

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  11. Oh now this dessert is one made for me! Goat's cheese & honey must be one of my all time favourite combinations, roll on all the summer fruits that are just around the corner so that I can whip some of these up, just perfect for the BBQ season :)

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    1. Isn't goat cheese and honey wonderful together, Mairi? So nice you have luscious summer fruit to enjoy just ahead!

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