Alright, it’s true, there is nothing quite like a peach cobbler made with fresh fruit with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. Truly one of life’s pleasures. But if cobbler is the only way you are cooking peaches, you are not taking full advantage of this versatile fruit.
Peaches lend themselves well to any number of cooking techniques, from grilling to baking (that is if you’re not just gnoshing them down raw). And although they are often found in sweet dishes, they make a delicious complement and ingredient in savory dishes as well.
Check out the slideshow below to learn about new, tasty ways to cook peaches.
To poach peaches, choose your favorite alcohol–wine, bourbon, or brandy–and cover the fruit. At this point you may want to consider adding spices or herbs. Lavender, basil, allspice, and vanilla are all popular. You can also throw in some sugar to add sweetness. Cook the peaches until they are soft, half them, and serve with the reduced syrup over the top. Get the recipe.
Grilled Peaches with Blue Cheese
Grill up those suckers, pack them with blue cheese and toasted hazelnuts or pecans, add a basil leaf, and top it all off with a balsamic reduction and you’ve got an easy, quick, and impressive summertime dish. Get the recipe.
These finger-licking fried treats are easier to make than they seem. Mix up your peaches with some brown sugar and any other goodies you decide, spoon them onto a wonton, fold , fry, and enjoy! Get the recipe.
Pork Chops with Peaches and Basil
A super simple sauce to make, peach compote (in this case modified) will stun even the pickiest taste buds when ladled over a roast pork chop. Red chili flakes give this dish a complete palate. Get the recipe.
Sparkling Peach Sangria
Ok, so it’s not technically cooking them, but how could you say no to this delicious concoction? Mix your favorite wine with a bit of brandy, lemon juice, sugar, and mint. Add a splash or two of vodka if you’re feeling daring. Get the recipe.