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Peachy ideas?

My watermelon search last weekend was a bust (too early), but peaches are out and pretty good this year ... the ones I bought anyway.

Any interesting ideas for peaches? Some different combo? The SF Chronicle had some interesting recipes today:

Raspberry Ice Cream-Stuffed Peaches
Nectarine Salad with Green Tomato Confit

OK, the raspberry/peach combo isn't unique, but the recipe looks fabulous. I wouldn't do this from scratch, but I might check out that restaurant and see if they are serving it.

Nectarines / peaches ... close ... the combo with green tomato sounds interesting.

Recipes are at the bottom. The article isn't peach-specific.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

So I hope you have ideas for me otherwise it is au-natural or mixed with cottage cheese or yogurt ... for some reason peaches and chocolate seems appealing.

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  1. I love to take any stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums), cut in half and remove the pit, toss them lightly in oil and grill them. Start with the round side down, then flip to the flat side to finish. Remove from heat, drizzle with honey and a squeeze of lime and voila! Great with pound cake, ice cream, whipped cream or shortbread cookies!

    Peaches in white sangria are sooo good!

    Peach cobbler

    Thin sliced peaches dressed lightly in fruity olive oil and wrapped in procuitto

    Oohhh, sounds so good, I'd best get to the farmers market right now!

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    1. re: Non Cognomina

      Grilled peach was actually the first idea that came to mind as well - I usually serve it with a sauteed/grilled fish. Very summery.

      1. re: Non Cognomina

        Grilled peaches are wonderful. I like to wrap them in moistened fig leaf and grill them on indirect heat. The fig essence is transfered to the peach. I've thought of serving them with a some spiked marscapone and toasted pecans for a dessert for company.

        1. re: Non Cognomina

          I like grilled peaches next to grilled rosemary lamb, with a sauce of greek yogurt, mint, and a bit of honey.

        2. Peach ice cream. There is a recipe in the most recent Saveur that I'm rather intrigued by, as it uses peach soda in it - and the picture is really really pretty. I made peach sherbet using the below-linked recipe, and it turned out rather well.

          Peach sherbet recipe:
          http://www.fabulousfoods.com/recipes/...

          And a slightly blurry picture:
          http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/52...
          I used white peaches instead of the regular yellow ones, hence the paler colour.

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          1. re: jacinthe

            Yep, after the sherbet tangent, there was a recipe in MSL for peach sherbet, and I think I'm going to try that this weekend!

          2. Peaches in bourbon. Slice up the peaches, sprinkle them with a bit of brown sugar, add as much bourbon as you are willing to spare from the liquor cabinet. People have been known to drink the leftovers.

            My husband is fond of slicing peaches, freezing them and using them as ice cubes. Usually in bourbon, come to think of it.

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            1. re: jillp

              Mmmm, that sounds good!

              I have mixed brown sugar with a bit of bourbon or rum (just enough to make a paste) in a Pyrex pie plate, then placed halved peaches on top.

              Then I place the dish on my grill, over med-low heat, and let those beauties caramelize. (No breakage problem--my grill is far-enough from the heat.)

            2. Peach-mango salsa

              Grilled peaches and chicken (or shrimp etc)

              Peaches added to salads

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              1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                Try grilled peach + grilled mango salsa with a splash of rum.
                (w. dice of red onion, some plum tomato, green peppers, touch cilantro).

                Went great with jerky chicken thighs (deboned)

              2. I made a salad a few nights back of greens dressed with walnut oil and red wine vinegar (salt and pepper and a little minced shallot), with peeled and sliced Suncrest peaches, and shaved Manchego.

                Had a slice of crumb top peach pie at Fatapples yesterday which was great because the soft crumb didn't compete with the soft peaches like a top crust can.

                1. grilled balsamic peaches
                  peach trifle, cobbler, or crisp
                  many types of peach salsa

                  1. Roasted with whatever spices on hand (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom all work), and sometimes a little amaretto, and then:
                    - added to muesli or oatmeal,
                    - as a topping for pancakes, waffles or crêpes,
                    - as an accompaniement to roasted meats or sharp cheeses
                    - eaten straight out of the dish with a spoon.

                    Firm, tart-ish peaches in a salad with arugula, red onions, feta and mint, dressed with a white-wine vinaigrette.

                    Purée for Bellinis!

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                    1. re: Sam Ottawa

                      Speaking of bellinis! On a particularly memorable New Year's Eve the party toasted at midnight with glasses of modified bellini: put a small scoop of peach sherbet into the glass first, then fill with champagne. Everyone, inebriated or not, loved it!

                    2. I can't find my DESSERT files, so I don't have a recipe at the moment, but I did a killer stone-fruits thing a couple of years back: it was a lemon/condensed milk/cream-cheese thing in a crust of crushed gingersnaps, topped with peach and apricot halves that had been poached in a syrup flavored with mace. The syrup was then cooked down until quite thick and drizzled on, then some of the spare gingersnap crumbs were sprinkled over all. I got the cheesecake/pudding recipe from a demo by Nathalie Dupree (of desserts using Eagle Brand condensed milk), and if anyone has that PLEEEEEASE post it, 'cause I'm going nuts trying to find it again!

                      1. Grilled peach with sweetened fresh ricotta cheese or whipped marscapone cheese with a drizzle of chocolate or balsamic syrup and a sprig of mint.

                        Peach pie, tart, muffin, pancake, shortcake

                        1. Good heavens. I didn't expect much of a reply. These all sound wonderful ... and many of them simple, thank you ... I'll have to buy lots of peaches this weekend. Thanks so much.

                          1. Peach shortcake. Just like strawberry, but with peaches. (Biscuit type, of course!)