Summer is so close I can almost taste it! The grocery stores are bountiful with summer produce and everyone’s minds (including mine) seem to be wandering off into the future months of sunny days, warm evenings, weekend trips to the beach, and endless amounts of froyo.
One thing I love about summer is how perfectly it goes with a good ol’ backyard BBQ. Most people usually associate meat and fish with the grill, but you can pretty much throw anything on it for quick cooking and delicious flavor. You can grill veggies, bread, pizza, avocado, quesadillas, and—yes—even fruit!
Now, I know it might sound strange to put something sweet on the grill, but grilling fruit actually intensifies its flavor and brings out its natural sweetness. I used peaches for this recipe, but you can grill pineapple, lemons and limes, apples, watermelon, or bananas (best when sliced in half, stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate chips, and wrapped in foil). So far I’ve only tried peaches, but I’m super excited to give them all a try!
I topped my grilled peaches with almonds, pecans, and a drizzle of honey. While they looked delicious, I thought they were a little too plain in the flavor department. I therefore made a sweeter version by topping the peaches with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and also tried a savory version by adding a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Both variations were so delicious, I couldn’t decide which one I like better. Enjoy!
- Fresh peaches, halved and pitted
- 1-2 tablespoons canola oil or other light oil
- A few handfuls of almonds or pecans
- Vanilla ice cream or balsamic vinegar (optional)
Preheat your grill or grill-pan to medium heat. Brush both sides of the halved peaches with oil. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, or until they have nice grill marks and the fruit is warmed through and slightly softened. Place peaches on a plate skin side down. Top with nuts and drizzle with honey. Optional variations include a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle of each peach or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar over the top of each one. Choose one optional ingredient depending on whether you want a sweeter or more savory dessert.