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Grilled Peaches Recipe: Sweet and Simple Summer Treat

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If you’re looking for a simple yet tasty summer treat, grilled peaches are a fantastic choice. Grilling peaches boosts their natural sweetness and adds a wonderful smoky flavor that makes them irresistible.

With just a few easy steps, you can prepare grilled peaches and enjoy them in many ways. Eat them as a side dish, top them with ice cream, or even add them to a salad. This versatile recipe is perfect for making a sunny afternoon even brighter.

All you need are ripe peaches and a grill. In minutes, you’ll have a delicious treat that’s sure to impress your family and friends. Let’s get started!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make delicious grilled peaches, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Here’s a list with possible substitutes:

Peaches
You need fresh peaches. Choose ripe but firm ones. If peaches aren’t available, you can use nectarines.

Butter or Olive Oil
Apply butter or olive oil to keep peaches from sticking. For a healthier option, use coconut oil or avocado oil.

Brown Sugar
Sprinkle brown sugar for sweetness. You can also use white sugar, honey, or maple syrup as substitutes.

Ground Cinnamon
Ground cinnamon adds warmth and flavor. If you don’t have cinnamon, you can use nutmeg or allspice.

Vanilla Ice Cream
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can substitute with whipped cream, yogurt, or a non-dairy ice cream for a vegan option.

Using these ingredients, you can keep your grilled peaches simple or adjust based on what you have handy. Enjoy experimenting with these substitutes!

Instructions


  1. Preheat the Grill
    Set your grill to medium heat, around 325-400°F (160-200°C).



  2. Prepare the Peaches
    Wash the peaches thoroughly. Using a sharp knife, halve the peaches along their seam and twist to separate. Remove the pits.



  3. Brush with Oil
    Apply a light coating of olive oil or melted butter on the cut sides of the peaches. This helps prevent sticking.



  4. Grill the Peaches
    Place the peaches cut-side down on the grill. Cook for about 4-5 minutes until grill marks appear. Then, flip and cook the skin side for another 3-5 minutes.



  5. Serve Hot
    Remove from the grill and let them cool slightly. Enjoy them plain or with your favorite toppings like cinnamon, brown sugar, or nuts.


Recommended toppings include:

  • Walnuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Grilling Tips

  • Choose ripe but firm peaches: This helps them hold their shape on the grill.
  • Brush with oil: Use olive oil or a high smoke point oil to prevent sticking.
  • Medium heat is key: Aim for 325-400°F for the best results.
  • Grill cut-side down: This will give you beautiful char marks and intensify the flavor.

Flavor Additions

  • Cinnamon and Sugar: Mix butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread this mixture on the peaches before grilling for added sweetness.
  • Nuts and Spices: Walnuts mixed with a bit of cinnamon and salt provide a nice crunch and spice.
  • Ice Cream Topping: Serve your grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream to balance the warm, smoky flavor.

Tricks for Perfection

  • Use a paring knife: This helps you easily halve the peaches and remove the pit.
  • Timing matters: Grill for about 4-5 minutes until soft and charred, but still holding shape.
  • Rest time: Allow the peaches to cool slightly before serving. This helps them firm up a bit.

Storing

  • Short-term: Store leftover grilled peaches in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat in a microwave for a few seconds or enjoy them cold.
  • Freezing: Slice grilled peaches and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before using.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Grilled peaches are super versatile and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Try some of these ideas to take your peaches to the next level!

Toppings:

  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar: Mix butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread it over the peaches before grilling.
  • Walnut Mix: Combine chopped walnuts with cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle over the peaches right after grilling.
  • Maple Syrup: Brush the peaches with maple syrup before putting them on the grill for added sweetness.

Serve With:

  • Ice Cream: Vanilla ice cream pairs perfectly with the warm, grilled peaches. The combination of hot and cold is simply delicious.
  • Yogurt: For a healthier option, top your grilled peaches with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Add a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness.
  • Cheese: Try serving your peaches with goat cheese or burrata. The creaminess of the cheese complements the juicy peaches wonderfully.

Side Dishes:

  • Salad: Add the grilled peaches to a fresh green salad. They go well with arugula, spinach, and a light vinaigrette.
  • Grains: Serve the peaches alongside quinoa or couscous for a more filling meal. The grains add a nice texture to the dish.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas to create your favorite version of grilled peaches. They are easy to customize and perfect for any occasion.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.