7 Ways With Fresh Peaches
Fleshy peaches are packed with vitamins and low in calories. Their sweet and tart flavor is perfect for drinks, dips, salads, or desserts.
Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cooking Light
A Passion for Peaches
On the grill, layered into salads, blended into cocktails, or used as toppings for cake and crostini, there's just no sweet or savory spot where peaches won't find a perfect culinary fit.
Peach MojitosRipe sweet peaches are blended into a smooth purée that's stirred with white rum, mint and lime juice for a refreshing twist on the Cuban cocktail called a mojito. Don't have fresh peaches on hand? Canned peaches will do just fine.
Crostini with Peaches and Blue CheeseA splash of balsamic vinegar adds a savory edge to chopped peaches. Layer the mixture on toasted baguette slices and crown with blue cheese for a sweet, salty, creamy appetizer that guests will gobble up. If you like, slide the appetizers under the broiler for a few minutes to soften the blue cheese.
Grilled Peach-and-Mozzarella SaladSurprise your dinner guests with a unique twist on the traditional caprese salad. A spicy tequila vinaigrette coats grilled peaches and sliced fresh mozzarella for a drop dead gorgeous layered salad that's perfect for summer barbecues. If you can't find fresh mozzarella, feta cheese is a perfectly fine substitute.
Fresh Peach SalsaSweet onions, grated ginger and minced jalapeños are lightly sautéed and then cooked with fresh peaches, lemon juice, cilantro and sugar for a savory sweet salsa to serve with chips, grilled fish or roasted meats. If you have leftover ripe peaches lying around, make a batch of this and gift it to neighbors and friends.
Grilled Peaches and PorkPork loin chops marinate in a flavorful mixture of balsamic vinegar, lime juice and fresh thyme and then go on the grill along with fresh peach halves for a quick and easy supper. Serve slices of cooked pork and peaches atop a bed of arugula with a drizzle of marinade.
Peach Upside-Down CakeForget the pineapple. Fresh, ripe peaches and a moist lemon cake make a stunning upside down combination that will captivate just about any sweet tooth. Bottled caramel sauce and low fat vanilla yogurt can dress it up even more, but to be honest, the cake is downright delightful on its own.
Grilled Peaches JezebelA marinade of honey, mustard, and horseradish sounds a little odd for peaches, but the flavors magically harmonize with the sweet fruit to make one spectacular side dish. Serve it with grilled meats or chicken. Or, if you're adventurous, dish it up as dessert.
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