If summer had a flavor, this would be it.
Juicy ripe peaches that are halved, roasted, then topped with tangy soft goat cheese, perfectly drippy honey and crunchy roasted hazelnuts.
Two nights ago, Adam and I were eating dinner at a lovely little French place downtown with some visiting friends. One of the appetizers on the menu was a grilled peach salad topped with goat cheese and even though we didn’t end up ordering it (went the traditional cheese board and grilled calamari salad route instead), the idea sparked my interest. Peaches are my very favorite summer fruit and goat cheese…? Well, we all know about goat cheese.
When the server came to take our order, she could apparently tell I was drooling over the peach idea and she told us that her favorite quick and easy summer dessert is to just toss a peach on the grill then stuff it with goat cheese and drizzle the whole thing with an ample amount of honey.
I loved this girl already and immediately wanted her to come live with me and make me such a mouthwatering creation.
Alas, I came home alone but vowed to make it myself the next day! I had peaches! I had a grill that’s never been used!
Aren’t culinary school graduates supposed to know how to work grills?
I must have missed that part of the curriculum.
So after three failed attempts at turning on the gas, I deemed the propane tank obviously empty and instead heated up my oven to roast the suckers.
They came out perfect! But, if you’re more of a grill guru than me (which you most likely are since I had to google “how to turn on the gas”) you can totally toss the peaches on the grill instead. Either way, we all win.
Serve these for either an appetizer or a dessert. They’re perfect to make for a crowd and since all you literally have to do is slice, roast, stuff and drizzle, you won’t have to spend all night in the kitchen while your dinner guests play Apples to Apples without you.
Roasted Peaches with Goat Cheese and Honey
2 large ripe yellow peaches, halved
4 TBSP goat cheese
2 TBSP honey
1/3 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 425.
Scoop out peach pits and roast peaches halved side up on a lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool briefly then scoop one tablespoon of goat cheese in the center of each peach half. Drizzle honey over the peaches and top with roasted hazelnuts.