A perfectly ripe peach is the apotheosis of summer. After the seasonal first thrill of eating peaches out of hand (preferably over the sink, to catch the juices), consider one of these seven delicious ways to capture their essence, culled from discussions on our Home Cooking board. Enjoy!

1. Peaches are great with Riesling. Combine them in a sorbet, and the result is mind-blowing. alkapal

2. For a great summer hors d’oeuvre, top baguette toasts with triple-crème cheese and caramelized peach slices (seared in a hot pan with butter), and finish with drizzles of reduced balsamic and honey. Lynndsey Rigberg

3. For a savory celebration, make a roasted chicken salad with peaches, goat cheese, and toasted pecans. DishDelish

4. Amanda Hesser’s peach tart is not only delicious, but you need only a knife, a bowl, and a pan to get it done. tweetie

5. Peaches pickled with fresh ginger go amazingly well with baked ham and roasted pork dishes of all kinds. elenacampana

6. Peach pancakes are delicious! Toss diced fruit into pancake batter (sprinkle of cinnamon optional). silvergirl

7. Jamie Oliver’s peach and prosciutto salad with fresh mozzarella is a sweet-salty favorite. cleopatra999

Peach photo by Flickr member liz west under Creative Commons

Leena Trivedi-Grenier is a Bay Area food writer and cooking teacher with an undying love for pot stickers. She earned her master’s in gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu. Her writing appears on her blog Leena Eats and in various food-based encyclopedias.
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