Peaches – Not Just for Dessert
There is nothing like homemade peach ice cream or peach cobbler. However, there’s more to peaches than meets the eye. Not only does the peach make wonderful desserts, you can also use them for savory dishes as well.
Most peaches sold in the United States are either from Georgia, South Carolina or California. While it is best to get them when they are in season and use them right away, there’s no reason you can’t get them while they’re in season and either can, dry or freeze them for use during other parts of the year. No matter how you enjoy them, peaches are a wonderful addition to any diet and do not have to be eaten only for dessert.
One way you can enjoy peaches is to peel them, cut them in half and then brush them with olive oil. Season them with a bit of salt and pepper. Then place them on a preheated grill. Be sure to grill the peach on both sides for about three minutes. Remove them from the grill and then place them on a serving dish. Grate some fresh parmesan cheese over them and enjoy.
If that doesn’t sound appealing, you can also try some grilled peach salsa. Prepare the peaches as above but without the pepper. When they’ve been grilled for about two minutes on each side, remove them from the grill and allow them to cool. Next, slice the peaches and add finely chopped red onion. Chopped mint and freshly squeezed lemon will complete the grilled peach salsa.
Does your family enjoy pasta salads during the summer? Roast their favorite vegetables – yellow squash, zucchini or bell pepper along with halves of peaches– in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes. Toss with a vinaigrette and then add to your favorite pasta. You will have created a savory peach dish your family will love.
While most people are used to seeing peaches prepared as a dessert, there’s no reason they have to be only prepared that way. Why not try something new with peaches this year. There are so many ways to use peaches in savory dishes that you may find you and your family enjoy these dishes just as much as peach cobbler – well, maybe not.