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Looking for ideas using fresh peaches!

I have a banana box full of beautiful fresh peaches from a neighbor and am looking to find new and exciting uses for them. Here's the catch, though.... no grains and no sugar.

Other than smoothies and chutney do you have something wonderful you make with fresh peaches?

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  1. The Pioneer Woman posted about grilling peaches today, she used maple syrup but you could probably skip that part. She then used them in 3 different applications... the one that looked best to me was topping a salad with gorgonzola or blue cheese. Maybe w/ a balsamic dressing?

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    1. re: juliejulez

      What timing!

      I forgot to mention grilling, always so good... and we grill constantly in the summer.

      I have to admit I'm not a PW fan but I will see what her salad recommendations are. I have gorgonzola, stilton and chevre in the frige right now so the pairing interests me. Thanks, JJ.

      1. re: weezieduzzit

        There wasn't much to her salad....she just said " with greens and dressing of your choice" pretty much. Oh, and she added pecans too. Her other suggestions were topping ice cream with the pecans and maple syrup, or mixing the same w/ greek yogurt.

        1. re: juliejulez

          Grill and make a brown sugar and rum sauce. Serve over ice cream.

        2. re: weezieduzzit

          Don't know about the PW, but I've made a fantastic salad with arugula, blue cheese, and sliced peaches/nectarines. Don't remember if I even had to put dressing on it. Would be nice with pecans, especially glazed pecans.

        3. re: juliejulez

          Grilled peaches sliced over micro greens with Gorgonzola and toasted almonds and a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. I do the same with sliced pears and sliced mangoes (not grilled) and the salads always get raves.
          Otherwise please send to me - getting decent peaches, or any stone fruit not locally grown, is all but impossible in Hawai'i.

          1. Puree them and mix them with scotch.

              1. I often freeze berries on a pan and then put in a Ziplock bag for future use. I am wondering if you peeled and sliced and put on a rack, if you could use for future use? Just curious what part of the country are your peaches from? Lucky you.

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                1. re: Ruthie789

                  THis works great for peaches, too.

                  1. re: Terrie H.

                    That makes me happy, I am going to try it this summer, thank you.

                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                      Lucky you! We only get local peaches towards the end of summer. I can only think of peach recipes with sugar, but thought of Peach Melba minus the sugar in the raspberry coulis, that is if you can eat the ice cream.

                  2. I love grilled peaches in salad. I made a spinach salad with grilled peaches, red onion and bacon. My SO even said it was awesome. Equally good is with arugula and prosciutto. Grilled or raw works with that one.

                    Also a nice peach salsa on any grilled fish with cilantro, onion, green pepper, lime and chili.

                    1. Poached in red wine and served with cheese is nice.
                      Peach ice cream or sorbet is super easy.
                      Peach melba
                      Peach crisp
                      but just out of the box works too!

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        Unfortunately, many of those options involve sugar and some of them grains, too.

                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          ah, big oversight on my part. sorry 'bout that.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            That's where the challenge comes in to use as many as we can before I have to just cut them up and freeze them. :)

                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                              Ice pops can just be made just using the pureed fruit, fresh peach tea (unsweetened),

                      2. Eat them out-of-hand with the juice dripping down your arm!

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                        1. There's a delicious Mark Bittman salad with equal amounts sliced peaches and sliced tomatoes, tossed gently with some chopped cilantro and some thinly sliced red onion, dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Highly recommended.

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                          1. re: BAnders

                            I've made a note of that for when we have a "too many tomatoes" problem, too... which will be soon!

                            1. I posted this link on a thread about apricots, but the original recipe is a grilled peach and bacon salad. I've been meaning to make it for ages!


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                              1. re: biondanonima

                                Bacon has been added to the grocery list! Thank you!

                              2. Don't cut them up and freeze them—freeze them whole and then eat them frozen! It's like peach ice cream.

                                I had a small peach orchard in the backyard of the house I lived in in Northern Virginia and the landlady recommended eating them like that. They are delicious this way.

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                                1. re: loratliff

                                  Very interesting, we will give it a try but believe me, there are plenty to cut up and freeze, too. This was just the "first pick." of what is usually 3 a season and they always share some with us.

                                2. Peach soup or gazpacho. Is all sweetening out?

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                                  1. re: mscoffee1

                                    I eat very low carb (this is what is working best for my whacked out hormone/ thyroid issue,) so added sugar is out (and I don't eat artificial sweeteners. They all taste terrible to me and I'm not crazy idea about eating chemicals.) I'd rather use the carb grams to eat more real food, if I were to add sugar it would mean I would have to severely limit the amount I could have or possibly even make it just too carby to bother. I've relaxed the amount of carbs I'm eating to be able to have the peaches at all but I'm not going to get crazy with the amount I'm eating. The peaches are very sweet on their own, they're really delicious.

                                  2. I bet grilled radicchio would go really well with grilled peaches, or raw, with some balsamic drizzled on top.

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                                    1. re: cleopatra999

                                      I bet it would too, the grilled salad we had tonight was outstanding, I will try to remember to keep my eyes open for raddiccho at the market.

                                    2. How about cut up in a quinoa 'oatmeal' with pumpkin seeds and yogurt for breakfast. You could also juice them if you have a juicer or even just purée them and freeze. If they need to be sweet which I doubt you could add a bit of apple or grape juice.

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                                      1. re: cleopatra999

                                        Quinoa is a grain, I don't eat it but thank you for the suggestion! We are having lots of smoothies with the kefir I make every day, though. The peaches are sweet enough that they don't need to be sweetened. :)

                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                          Are you staying away from legumes and corn as well? If not I think they would go well with black beans with Mexican ingredients. Maybe with chicken or fish and rolled into a lettuce wrap. I doubt you are drinking if you are cutting out sugar but if you are a fresh Bellini would be to die for! If not I would mash it up maybe with a touch of basil or mint and top with soda water.

                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                            Quinoa cooks like a grain but it is actually a seed.

                                          1. Thiis Grilled Peach Salsa is delicious on pork, chicken, fish and of course, tortilla chips. I make it with fresh basil or Italian parsley instead of cilantro.


                                            1. Real Simple magazine has a recipe for peach d mozzarella salad. Basically a caprese salad without tomato. It is one of my summer staples. The basil and olive oil taste great on the peaches.

                                              1. Roasted chicken with peaches and red onions. I think this is the recipe I've made: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roast...
                                                ... but it works with a whole roasting chicken instead of just thighs. You can easily skip the sugar if the peaches are sweet, and skip the molasses (just use more balsamic vinegar) and couscous.

                                                1. How about peach fool? The recipe usually has sugar but you could just omit that. Here are a couple of different recipes:



                                                  1. I've made an excellent peach dessert salad, adapted from The Essential New York Times Cookbook; I think the original recipe is from the late 19th century. I use a few tablespoons of sugar, but if your peaches are very sweet, you might be able to get away without it. This is one of those recipes that's way more than the sum of its parts.

                                                    4-5 peaches, thickly sliced
                                                    4 T sugar [try without]
                                                    2-3 T cognac
                                                    Juice of 1 lemon [less if not using sugar]
                                                    1/4 tsp cinnamon
                                                    Nutmeg to taste
                                                    Heavy cream for serving, chilled

                                                    Place peaches in wide bowl or serving dish. Whisk together sugar if using, cognac, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over peaches and toss gently. Serve with pitcher of chilled cream.

                                                    1. I haven't made this yet myself, but it's been on the list for a while...grilled jerk pork with curried peach relish. I'm sure you could drop the sugar in the relish and the molasses from the marinade.

                                                      1. Fruit leather! I pureed and froze a lot of peaches from the market last summer—no sweetener. I thawed out the puree last month, spread on baking sheets with parchment, and baked on the lowest temperature of my oven for a few hours.

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                                                        1. re: sweetpotater

                                                          I hadn't even thought of fruit leather and I think my dehydrator has one of those flexible sheets to make it! The man would like that for snacks. Thanks!

                                                        2. This recipe for pizza was posted in response to a thread I started in General Topics (about my cooking mojo). I made it the other night and it was fantastic! I used a Boboli crust, a nectarine (had peaches too but decided on the nectarine) and goat cheese and I can't wait to make it again.


                                                          1. ketchup: poach in water and white vinegar, puree, reduce, season with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, balsamic. Water bath process for shelf-stable storage.

                                                            1. The Barbeque Sauce recipe at homecanning.com looks like it could be adapted to use peaches, instead of tomatoes. If omitting the sugar, you may want to wait until the mixture is reduced, before adding the vinegar to taste.

                                                              1. Seduce someone with them straight up out of hand. I think that what's they were created for....

                                                                1. How about in a chopped salad? I usually add mango to a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, fennel, corn (if you want), parsley and/or cilantro dressed in a lime vinaigrette. I'll bet peaches would be a nice addition instead of mango.

                                                                  1. All these ideas sound wonderful; my peaches are nearly ripe. This is the first year I've grown apricots, and they're nearly ready, too. Think most of these ideas also work with apricots (they're tiny, but I have lots of them)?

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                                                                    1. re: pine time

                                                                      I'd think so. In fact, apricots should be easier to work with, because the skin is so thin that you don't need to bother peeling them, the way you do with peaches in many recipes.

                                                                      1. re: pine time

                                                                        Apricots have firmer flesh than peaches so they hold up better to tagines, grilling, sauteeing. I grew up with an apricot tree and miss it!

                                                                        As a kid I didn't appreciate the fig tree at my Grandmother's that we used to play in, if I had known then what I know now.....

                                                                      2. weeezied, today I made peach infused vinegar and used it on our dinner salad. it was excellent.

                                                                        puree the whole fruit, pitted but peel is fine. strain out the pulp and add to your favorite vinegar. equal parts peach puree to vinegar. then chill. so good!

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                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                          Sounds yummy and super useful! Thank you!

                                                                        2. One of my favorite desserts: take a peach, cut it into 8 wedges, heat up some butter, saute one side of each wedge, dip the other side of each wedge in honey, then press the honeyed side into a mixture of toasted, crushed fennel seeds and pistachio. The mixture of textures, consistencies, and temperatures is dope.

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                                                                          1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                                                                            Unfortunately for me, honey=sugar but I hope someone else that reads this takes your suggestion since it sounds good!

                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                              I think it would be good without the honey.

                                                                              1. re: mscoffee1

                                                                                True, the fennel seeds and pistachio could just be sprinkled over the top.

                                                                                1. re: mscoffee1

                                                                                  Maybe I should have used a better word than "dip". When I do it it's more like "brush", so that the honey is there more for flavor (that floral honey taste) and holding on to the fennel seeds and pistachio rather than just sweetness.

                                                                              2. re: lamb_da_calculus

                                                                                This sounds delicious! I love the idea of mixing fennel seeds and nuts with the peaches.

                                                                              3. Section them and place in a jar of (moonshine). Let sit in a cool place 2-4 weeks. Pass the jar while sitting around a campfire...

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                                                                                1. re: 3MTA3

                                                                                  Hmmm... we'll be sitting around a campstove (no open fires allowed around here,) at the drag races at the end of July and that sounds like a great idea....

                                                                                2. If honey is okay, make this dressing:

                                                                                  Peel and slice two peaches and puree in blender.
                                                                                  Add: 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground cumin
                                                                                  Puree and serve over spinach salad.

                                                                                  If you can't have any sugar at all, I'm sure you could use one of the diabetic-friendly sweeteners in place of the honey.

                                                                                  Also, I don't have a recipe for this, but years ago, a friend made me some chicken cutlets (she breaded them with ground hazelnuts instead of flour) and served them with sliced peaches. It was a memorably delicious dinner.

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                                                                                  1. re: Isolda

                                                                                    While I *can* have sugar and honey I *don't* eat added sugar or honey, I also don't eat artificial sweeteners. I could probably just lower the amount of lime juice in your instructions and add it slowly to balance it with the sweetness of the peaches. I'd never considered cumin with peaches, interesting.

                                                                                  2. There are some great ideas posted on this thread.
                                                                                    This Jamie Oliver recipe for roasted peaches with mozzarella and prosciutto is delicious. With a burrata, even better!

                                                                                    1. This beet-peach salad is remarkably good. It's not a flavor combo that I ever would have thought of before, but I really loved it when I tried it last summer: http://noteatingoutinny.com/2010/07/2...

                                                                                      1. Two simple, good treats with peaches:

                                                                                        1. Brush peach halves with melted butter, sprinkle cut side with good quality curry powder. Grill.

                                                                                        2. Salsa: equal parts sliced red onions and sliced radishes. Rather more cut-up peaches. Mint leaves and sliced hot peppers, to taste. Fabulous with lamb.

                                                                                        1. souffle -- if you puree and reduce the peaches, you won't need sugar...?

                                                                                          as suggested grilled and served with basil (or rosemary) and sliced mozzarella?

                                                                                          roasted with cinnamon and used as a filling for omelets


                                                                                          1. On another thread, kattyeyes recommended this Peach Cheesecake Bar recipe from Penzey's. I made it for company to pick on this weekend and it was a hit. Instead of Penzey's cinnamon sugar, I used a half-teaspoon of cinnamon and two teaspoons of sugar and it worked fine. Very tasty.


                                                                                            1. I made this Peach Cobbler Cake from the New York Times and thought it was great as well as simple. I doubled the recipe using a 9x13 pan and it went well, but the edges get crispy which is wonderful and so it might be even better in an 8x8 pan. I only used sliced almonds on half and added vanilla and a bit of almond extract to the buttermilk.

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                                                                                              1. re: mscoffee1

                                                                                                I'm heading to the kitchen to make this! But, I'll toss my bags of home-grown, frozen peaches in the microwave first to thaw. Guess I'll have to drain them, too? They have mucho juice.

                                                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                                                  pine time, if you have a lot of juice you may want to drain the juice and then reduce it until syrup consistency,. You can then add it back to the peaches. If you through the the juice away, that's a lot of lost flavor. The reduced juice won't make the dish soggy since it's thickened and concentrated.

                                                                                                  I do that with peach pie and it helps amp up the peach flavor. (from Rose Levy Beranbaum's pie recipe).

                                                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                                                    Thanks. I've done exactly that before, with other recipes. Even had enough "peach syrup" left over for waffles the next morning. Appreciate the reminder!