Friday, July 8, 2011

Grilled Peaches.... Welcome to my new obsession.

This is it. I found it. It is the ultimate dessert of summer, you can just stop looking now.

It's summer, it's getting hot, and peaches are starting to show up everywhere (like, for instance, in my CSA box!). Now, very few things beat a big bite out of a really ripe juicy peach on a hot hot summer day, but this might be close. This dessert is simple, delicious, and healthy- what more could you possibly ask for! I was introduced to this idea at a barbecue, and have become a little obsessed.

What you need:
-Peaches (1 per person)
-a bit of olive oil

(yes, that's it).

What to do with it:
Slice the peaches in half and just pop out the pit. Gently rub each half with olive oil, to coat so it doesn't stick to the grill. Turn the grill on low (you can just put this on after you grill your dinner!), and put the peaches on the top rack, or away from the actual flame- you want to cook them slowly. Grill face down for 10 minutes, and then flip for 10 minutes more. They should be dripping a little, and the skin may very slightly split. If they're turning black, you're cooking them too hot and you need to move them away from the heat so they don't cook on the outside too fast. Apparently this is also possible in the oven- I have not tried it, but if I were to do that, I would prep the peaches in the same way, put in a glass pan, and roast at 300 for the same amount of time- if you try that, let me know how it works!

When they're done, they should be soft, and very juicy, and almost fall apart under your fork. They would be amaaaazzziiinnnggg over a small amount of really good vanilla ice cream, but I also like them just as they are (a glass of chilled white wine goes perfectly). They also might make a really nice side dish to complement a spicy grilled meat dish.

These are simple and elegant, and would be the perfect thing to use to impress your guests, seriously you should give it a try!


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