Keep this collection of the best peach recipes handy while stone fruit season is still in full swing!
A perfectly ripe peach is the sweet apotheosis of summer. After the seasonal first thrill of eating peaches out of hand (preferably over the sink, to catch the fragrant, golden juices), there are almost endless other ways to use them, from perfect peak-season fruit salads and fresh fruit salsa to classic cobblers, crumbles, and crisps. But there are less conventional things to do with them too, from grilling them to preserving them as cordial. Here are 16 of our favorite ways to eat as many peaches as possible while they’re in season.
Some of these ideas were collected from our Home Cooking board when this piece was first published in 2014, while others are more recent additions, but they are all delicious, and perfect for packing more peaches into your life. Enjoy!
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As pointed out by Chowhound user alkapal, peaches are great with Riesling. Just drop a few ripe slices in your wineglass and eat them once you’ve drained it for a dead-easy dessert. But combine them in a sorbet, and the result is even better. Get the Peach Riesling Sorbet recipe.
For a great summer hors d’oeuvre, Lynndsey Rigberg suggests topping baguette toasts with triple-crème cheese and caramelized peach slices (seared in a hot pan with butter), then finishing with drizzles of reduced balsamic and honey. We love that idea, but for something even faster, make a no-cook peach and mozzarella (or burrata) salad with a white balsamic dressing. (You could also add peaches to a roasted chicken salad with goat cheese and toasted pecans, per the recommendation of DishDelish.) Get the Peach Caprese Salad recipe.
As elenacampana attests, ginger-pickled peaches go amazingly well with baked ham and roasted pork dishes of all kinds, but we’d try them with a sharp aged cheddar and crusty bread too. Get the Ginger Pickled Peaches recipe.
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If you’re a fan of the warmth of ginger against the sweetness of peaches, try our easy frozen margarita that blends them both with tequila. It’s a great addition to your summer sipping repertoire. Get our Frozen Ginger-Peach Margarita recipe.
Chowhound user silvergirl isn’t the only one who thinks peach pancakes are delicious. And easy, too! Just toss diced fruit into your favorite pancake batter (a sprinkle of cinnamon is optional but highly recommended). However, for something a little more sophisticated, try a clafoutis, a low-key fancy sort of puffed French pancake that works for all sorts of summer fruit and is even easier than traditional pancakes, as there’s no flipping involved. Get the Raspberry Peach Clafoutis recipe.
This salsa would be equally good on fish tacos, but it’s a nice way to dress up simple chicken on a weeknight, and you can intensify the sweet heat with peach hot sauce too. Get our Buttermilk Chicken with Peach-Tomato Salsa recipe.
Ripe peaches are even great in chilled soup, an ideally light and refreshing—and deliciously fragrant—summer lunch, with toasted croutons and slivered almonds for a little crunch to contrast the silky-smooth puree. Get Daniel Humm’s Peach Gazpacho recipe.
Grill peaches when they’re still semi-firm enough to hold up to the heat and the sugars caramelize for a sweet, smoky, complex treat that’s equally great in desserts as it is in savory dishes. Threaded onto skewers with fresh sage leaves, grilled peaches make a great complement to grilled chicken sausages (but would work with pork or firm white fish as well). Get our Grilled Peach & Chicken Sausage Skewers recipe.
This easy baked pork tenderloin is topped with a tangy-sweet roasted peach and balsamic sauce (with tender chunks of the fruit left intact to eat with the meat). The cilantro garlic marinade not only keeps the pork juicy but adds a nice kicky contrast to the fruity flavor. Get the Pork Tenderloin with Peaches recipe.
Our Peach and Hazelnut Mascarpone Bruschetta recipe is the sort of simple, swoon-worthy bite you can only get away with when peaches are at peak ripeness. This sweet take on bruschetta pairs the fruit with mascarpone, hazelnuts, Frangelico, and honey, but the same idea is great given a savory spin too; try peaches and herbed ricotta on toasted bread, perhaps with a shred of prosciutto for a salty contrast, or this Grilled Peach, Pesto, and Burrata Flatbread recipe.
Peaches pair well with sharp cheese too, like an aged white cheddar; combine them in a crisp and gooey grilled cheese sandwich with a touch of honey to play up the sweet, savory, salty flavors. Get the Honey Peach White Cheddar Grilled Cheese recipe. (If you want to get a little more involved, don’t miss this Honey, Peach, and Brie Panini with Bacon Butter recipe either.)
A galette is basically a rustic tart that’s often sweet but just as good when taken in a savory direction. Here, halved peaches nestle together with tangy blue cheese over a layer of sweet caramelized shallots and sharp Dijon. They’re drizzled with honey and the folded-over edges of the dough get a sprinkle of thyme and coarse salt for a perfect finishing touch. Get the Savory Peach Galette recipe. (But be sure to make a sweet peach galette recipe too while you can!)
13. Peach Shrub
If your peaches are a bit too ripe to eat out of hand, one great way to preserve them is to make a shrub, a sweet-tart drinking vinegar that’s a fabulous base for mocktails (or regular old cocktails too). Get our Peach Shrub recipe.
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There are plenty of inventive ways to incorporate peaches into sweets, but sometimes a classic is called for: peach pie is always divine, yet potentially fussy with all the rolling and crimping. So we just as often pick a peach crisp (see our video below) or even a a Slow Cooker Peach Crumble. In the same family of easy fruit desserts, a peach cobbler also takes the cake. Vanilla ice cream is a must for any of the above, of course. Get our Easy Peach Cobbler recipe.
Equally easy yet even more impressive looking, this skillet cake gets flipped over after baking to reveal a crown of caramelized peaches and cinnamon-sugar. The brown butter in the vanilla cake batter gives it even more interest, and the fluff of vanilla bourbon whipped cream on top is not to be missed. Get the Skillet Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Cake recipe.
Blurring the line between dessert and breakfast, this easy bread pudding tumbles eggy, crisp-edged challah or brioche with roasted peaches and rich, golden dulce de leche. This can stand alone, but as usual, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream would be totally welcome. Get our Roasted Peach and Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding recipe.
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Leena Trivedi-Grenier wrote the original version of this post in 2014; it has been updated with additional images, links, and text.
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