August 21, 2023
As summer comes to a close, there’s one fruit that steals the spotlight with its sweet and juicy charm—the peach! With their vibrant colors and delightful flavor, peaches are perfect for creating a variety of mouthwatering dishes that highlight the best of the season. In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey through five delicious peach recipes that are sure to tickle your taste buds. Whether you’re a fan of salads, desserts, or savory treats, these peach-infused creations are guaranteed to impress.
This Grilled Peach Salad is a delightful blend of smoky and fresh flavors, making it the perfect appetizer or light lunch option. Juicy peaches, kissed by the grill, add a sweet twist to crisp salad greens, while tangy goat cheese and candied nuts offer a delectable contrast. Drizzled with balsamic glaze, this salad offers a burst of summer goodness in every bite.
Fresh peaches, halved and pitted
Mixed greens (arugula, spinach, or your favorite salad greens)
Goat cheese crumbles
Candied pecans or walnuts
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the grill or use a grill pan set on medium-high heat. Brush the peach halves with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Grill the peaches on each side for two to three minutes until grill marks form. Arrange the mixed greens on a plate and top with grilled peaches, goat cheese, and candied nuts. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and olive oil, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy a delicious summer salad.
Give your taste buds a zing with this refreshing Peach Salsa. This fruity twist on traditional salsa combines the sweetness of ripe peaches with the heat of jalapenos, creating a balanced and addictive flavor profile. Perfect as a dip with tortilla chips, or as a condiment for grilled chicken or fish, this salsa is a surefire hit at any summer gathering.
2 ripe peaches, diced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine diced peaches, red onions, jalapenos, and cilantro in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the flavors meld together in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Present this refreshing peach salsa to guests with tortilla chips or use it as a topping for grilled chicken or fish.
Elevate your pizza game with this Peach and Prosciutto Pizza. This savory-sweet masterpiece combines the prosciutto’s richness with fresh peaches’ juicy goodness. The subtle creaminess of mozzarella cheese ties it all together for an unforgettable pizza experience. Perfect for a relaxed dinner with friends or a cozy family meal.
Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Sliced fresh peaches
Thinly sliced prosciutto
Preheat your oven to the temperature recommended for the pizza dough. Roll out the pizza dough into your desired shape and thickness. Brush the pizza dough with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the dough. Top with sliced peaches and prosciutto. Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Garnish with fresh arugula and drizzle balsamic glaze over the top.
Cool down with this Peach and Basil Sorbet, a fabulous frozen treat that showcases the harmony of peaches and basil. This refreshing sorbet is bursting with fruity goodness, while the basil adds a subtle herbaceous note, creating a perfectly balanced dessert. A spoonful of this sorbet is like enjoying a taste of summer in its purest form.
4 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Fresh basil leaves
In a saucepan, combine the water and granulated sugar over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, creating a simple syrup. Add a handful of fresh basil leaves to the syrup and let it steep for about 10 minutes. This will infuse the syrup with a subtle basil flavor. Remove the saucepan from the heat and strain out the basil leaves. Allow the basil-infused simple syrup to cool to room temperature. In a blender or food processor, blend the peeled and pitted peaches with the lemon juice until you have a smooth puree. Pour the peach puree into the cooled basil-infused simple syrup and mix well to combine. Transfer the peach and basil mixture into a shallow, freezer-safe container. Place the container in the freezer and let it freeze for about 1 hour. After an hour, remove the container from the freezer and use a fork to vigorously stir the semi-frozen sorbet, breaking up any ice crystals that may have formed. Return the container to the freezer and repeat the stirring process every 30 minutes for the next 2-3 hours. Once the sorbet has reached the desired consistency (firm but scoopable), it’s ready to eat. Serve the refreshing peach and basil sorbet in chilled bowls or cones for a yummy summer treat!
Indulge in the heartwarming flavors of this Bourbon Peach Crisp. This dessert offers an enticing blend of ripe peaches, spicy bourbon, and a crispy oat topping that’s hard to resist. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect way to end a summer meal with friends or family.
6 cups fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Combine the sliced peaches, granulated sugar, bourbon, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Toss everything together until the peaches are well-coated. Mix in the cornstarch, ensuring it evenly coats the peaches to thicken the filling as it bakes. Set the peach filling aside. In a separate mixing bowl, make the crisp topping. Mix together the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add the chilled butter pieces and work them into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Take a 9×13-inch (23×33 cm) baking dish and pour the peach filling into it, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the crisp topping over the peaches, covering them entirely. Bake the bourbon peach crisp in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the topping turns golden brown and the peach filling is bubbling around the edges. Remove the crisp from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
Embrace the flavors of the season and indulge in the peachy creations we’ve shared in this blog. Don’t forget to visit the River Islands Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the River Islands Technology Academy parking lot for in-season peaches, as well as other fruits and veggies. Happy cooking, and here’s to savoring the sweet taste of summer!