Playing With Your Food: It’s time to enjoy peaches

With this weather getting better, that means one thing: it is time to grill out. However with all those fatty meats and burgers, it is nice to have something light and sweet for food pairing.
Jun 4, 2014
Justin Ferguson

With this weather getting better, that means one thing: it is time to grill out. However with all those fatty meats and burgers, it is nice to have something light and sweet for food pairing. 

One of my favorite items to have with grilled food is peaches. There are so many things I can do with peaches!  In fact, this week I have a treat: not one recipe, but three of my favorite things to do with peaches on the grill. Peach season is just around the corner, so why not get ready with some great recipes.

 This recipe is very simple, but the prep work needs to be done a few hours prior to serving. The trick of this recipe is that the Moscato wine will break down the peaches. However, be sure to save the juice.  I pour the Moscato- brown sugar mixture over the grilled items as they finish.

 Peach Ceviche

Peaches, thinly sliced

Salt & Pepper

Brown sugar, dark

Moscato d’ Asti

1. In a container, layer peaches with the seasonings, with the last layer being peaches.

2. Pour enough Moscato to barely cover the layers.

3. Let sit in fridge for a couple of hours until ready to serve. Will be ready when the peaches are very tender.

4. Remove peaches from sauce and serve.

5. Enjoy!

Peach puree does not sound too amazing, does it?  However, what if I told you this is one of my most versatile creations?  I have used this warm as a basting sauce, cold as ice cream topping, or just as a snack because it is so tasty. Either way you are sure to love this.

Peach Puree

2 oz. – Southern Comfort

3 ea. – peaches

1 tsp. – thyme

Salt & Pepper to taste

 1. Place peaches in a pot of boiling water for five minutes.

2. Place hot peaches in ice water until safe to handle.

3. Using a towel, rub the peaches to remove the skin.

4. Place peaches, Southern Comfort, thyme, salt, pepper in a blender.

5. Puree on high until smooth.  You can add more Southern Comfort to thin, less to thicken.

6. Place in an air-tight container and chill until ready to use.

7. Enjoy!

 Peach chutney is a side dish I use every time I make pork loin.  Serve with some rice and you will have a meal that will make your friends think you have been professionally trained.  Getting the smoked peaches may be a little hard, so if you do not have a smoker, find a friend and ask nicely. Who knows, it might be a new experience for them to learn.

Peach Chutney

1 cup – smoked peaches, diced

2 oz. – bacon, cooked and diced

1 Tsp. – thyme

1 Tsp. – rosemary

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 oz. – butter

1. In a sauce pot add butter and herbs; heat over low heat to melt butter.

2. Add bacon, then peaches.  Stir and turn heat to high.  You are looking for a little caramelization (browning) on the peaches.

4. When peaches are caramelized, add salt and pepper and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these recipes and make them as much as I have. If you have any questions, feel free to email and ask. I am here to help.

Email Justin Ferguson at wilsoncountycritic@gmail.com

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