If you didn’t know me, you’d be thinking about burgers and chicken and steak, oh my. I do grill fish, but I’m not talking about that, either.
What I’m talking about is grilled fruit and, more specifically, grilled peaches: a delightful summer treat that celebrates this sunshiny, juicy stone fruit. It’s really quite easy and the results can be enjoyed in either sweet or savory dishes. I have two recipes featuring grilled peaches that I’ll share with you soon, but first the how-to.
1. Place lightly oiled peaches on a very hot grill (indoor or out) and cook ~5 minutes, until soft. After washing them and removing the pits, that is. Don’t peel them: adds beauty, texture, and fiber. Olive or canola oil works well; I also season the peaches with a bit of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
2. Turn the peaches over once you see grill marks, and continue cooking another few minutes. The fruit should be soft – go ahead, give it a gentle poke – yet should retain its shape.
That’s all there is to it, folks.
And did I mention you could also just eat these tasty morsels out of hand? Sure, and they’re delicious. But you’ve gone to all this trouble, so at least plate them prettily, perhaps garnish with a sprig of thyme, and employ utensils: it will make it last that much longer and a dessert this elegant deserves it.
Not sure this simple grilled fruit deserves a knife and fork? Just wait ’til I show you how I served them…
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Dr. P. K. Newby is a nutrition scientist and educator with expertise in the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases through diet and the relations between agriculture, food production, and public health. She brings together her passions for food, cooking, science, and sustainability through her writing and videos to help people eat their way towards better health, one delectable bite at a time. If you like what you see here at The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen, please subscribe to my blog from the home page, become a fan on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, check out my food porn on Pinterest, or watch my cooking videos on YouTube. Read more on grilled vegetables here, here, and here peruse my recipe page for soups, salads, seafood, sweets, and more. Thanks for reading!