Grilled Peaches with Basil and Goat Cheese

There’s something magical about biting into a ripe peach. After all, peach season is currently in full swing and this time of the year couldn’t be a better time to enjoy the chin-dripping juiciness of the beloved stone fruit. Their floral aroma, fuzzy skin and sugary sweet flesh makes them the ultimate taste of the summertime. And with the warm weather and longer days comes endless weekend parties. An elegant summer dessert, grilled peaches are an easy and impressive way to end a backyard BBQ without spending too much time in the kitchen. Grilling peaches allow for their natural sugars to caramelize, giving them an unforgettably sweet and smokey flavor that’s perfect for dessert.

Masumoto Organic Sun Crest Peaches

Organic Masumoto Peaches are one of our most sought after fruits during the summertime. Grown on a small family farm near Fresno, California for generations, these treasures are bursting with the sweetest, juiciest flavors you could ever imagine in stone fruit. With seven different varieties of certified-organic peaches including the beloved Spring Lady Peaches and Flavorcrest Peaches, the possibilities for unforgettable recipes such as this one are endless. If you’re as big of a fan of peaches and stone fruits as we are, you can also check out Masumoto Family Farm’s Adopt A Tree Program. Each year, teams have the opportunity to apply to adopt one of the farm’s trees and harvest the fruit it yields after a year of gestation. We will be participating in this wonderful program and look forward to another great year of learning and harvesting these organic heirloom fruits.

Grilled Peaches with Basil and Goat Cheese

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Organic Masumoto Peaches, sliced in half and pitted
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons of basil, freshly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

1. Whisk together the olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar and some of the basil in a bowl.

2. Place the peaches in the bowl and make sure each piece is covered with the mixture. Marinate for at least half an hour.

3. Prepare your grill on medium heat. Place the peaches face down on the grill for about 1 and 1/2 minutes. Then, turn the peaches at the opposite angle to give them grill marks and leave them there for another 1 and 1/2 minutes.

4. Turn the peaches onto the other side and grill for another 3 minutes.

5. Take the peaches off the heat and drizzle the remaining marinade on top of them.

6. Sprinkle the goat cheese and remaining pieces of chopped basil on top of the peaches.

Have you ever had grilled peaches before? What are some other fruits or vegetables you like to grill?

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