Fleshy peaches are packed with vitamins and low in calories. Their sweet and tart flavor is perfect for drinks, dips, salads,
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.
Ripe 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.
A 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.
Surprise 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.
Sweet 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.
Pork 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.
Forget 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.
A 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.