Does your nose wrinkle up in confusion when you hear the words “peaches” and “goat cheese” together? I certainly saw quite a bit of that this past weekend when I mentioned that dessert included Grilled Peaches with Honey and Goat Cheese! My family can be funny. They can’t get over how certain things “sound” together, but fortunately they like pretty much everything they try so I don’t worry too much about serving up new and different food to them. Personally, I love goat cheese and think there’s little that it doesn’t go well with! Whether served with the ultimate savory such as a garlicky pesto, or a stuffed inside french toast with sweet strawberries and maple syrup, goat cheese always wins me over! When I came across this recipe for Grilled Peaches with Honey and Goat Cheese, I couldn’t wait to try it and decided it would be a great addition to dessert for our 4th of July gathering. Some were still confused as to why I was pairing goat cheese with something so sweet and serving it for dessert, but fortunately those first few bites made it crystal clear. If you happen to be stuck on that “goat cheese is only for savories” bandwagon, I urge you to jump off and give this a try – who wouldn’t be pleased with a piping hot, juicy and caramelized grilled peach oozing with warm tangy goat cheese?
I linked the original recipe above, but you don’t really need a recipe to make these. Simply gather some fresh summer peaches, a log of your favorite goat cheese, some honey and some good quality cinnamon. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and spray with a nonstick grill spray or brush the grates with some oil (you’ll be caramelizing right on the grates, so there’s a good chance you’ll get some stickage). Cut the peaches in half and cut out the pits (you might want to cut around the pit, making a bigger hole, if you want to be able to fit more goat cheese in there!). Sprinkle the cut halves with some sugar, then place cut side down on the grill for about 10-15 minutes. Turn them over, place some crumbled goat cheese in each peach (hehe, that rhymes!) and close the grill for another few minutes to warm the cheese. Remove to a platter, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cool for just a bit, but not too long – then enjoy!