This simple, summery dessert recipe takes the best of summer fruit and transforms it into a slightly savory yet sweetness-kissed dessert.
Course Dessert, Snack
Dish Type fruit, Side Dish
Cooking Style grill, Vegetarian
Diet and Health gluten-free, Healthy, low fat
Ingredient apricot, nectarine, peach
Author The Oaks at Ojai
2-3lbsslightly underripe yellow or white peachesnectarines or apricots*
olive oil or your favorite nut oilsuch as walnut or almond oil, for brushing
balsamic vinegar for brushing
2ozchevre or blue cheese
1tbsproasted walnut slivers or sunflower seeds for garnishoptional
Cut each fruit in half; brush each surface with olive oil (using a little nut oil such as walnut oil gives it even more complexity of flavors). Then brush with a little balsamic vinegar.
Place cut side down on a heated grill or barbeque. You can broil these as well, but then you have to have your oven on when it’s already hot everywhere!
Grill for 2 minutes before turning. When you turn the fruit over, place a leaf of mint or basil or rosemary in the hollow of the fruit. Grill for an additional 1-2 minutes
Remove from grill—place a dollop of goat cheese, bleu cheese or feta in the hollow as well. Garnish with toasted sliced almonds or sunflower seeds.
*This particular treatment of fruit is best done with slightly under ripe or barely ripe fruit. Cut each fruit in half; brush each surface with olive oil (using a little nut oil such as walnut oil gives it even more complexity of flavors) and a little balsamic vinegar.If you wish to pipe a filling into the fruit for a more finished look, consider mixing ¼ cup low fat cream cheese with one of the above, adding chopped herbs and putting the mixture in pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip. You can then dust with nuts.It goes without saying that this grilled fruit, done simply with olive oil and mint makes a wonderful receptacle for a sorbet or ice cream finish to a meal. Mixing one tablespoon of maple syrup to ¼ c. olive oil is especially tasty to brush the fruit with if you are using for dessert.