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Grilled Peach Caprese – a Sweet Twist!

14 Aug

It goes without saying that tomato & mozzarella caprese has an abundance of adoring fans during the summer months.  We’ve had our share of caprese made with luscious heirloom tomatoes around here.  But last week, I just wanted something a little different.  If you’re like me, you’re driven to switch things up often just for the fun of it.  I can’t say I enjoy drastic changes when it comes to  really big things, but when dealing with the likes of fashion or food, I love to change it up once in a while.  Hmm, I wonder if that is why I can’t seem to wear the same hairstyle longer than a season or two.  A year at the most.  Back to food.  Grilled Peach Caprese – oh, my goodness… you really, seriously have to try this.  This is so easy that it begs to be made at least once before summer’s end.

Grilled Peach Caprese

Grilled Peach Caprese – choose large, fresh, juicy peaches

Not only is it absolutely gorgeous as an appetizer or salad (or in my case, the meal itself), but it is both healthy  and delicious!  How can it get better than that?!

Grilled Peach Caprese

Grilled Peach Caprese – the freshest mozzarella ball and fresh basil

This is reminding me of that lovely Mango Caprese, which was also crazy delicious.   Caprese has such diversity, I love it.  This grilled peach number is fantastic with the simple basil white vinaigrette.  Slice into this refreshingly sweet and savory caprese, while sipping a cool, crisp wine.   These are the little pleasures of summer.

grilled peach caprese

Grilled Peach Caprese – use high heat to quickly grill up the peaches – easy!

The sweetest, juiciest fresh peaches will obviously turn out the best results.  Use the best fresh mozzarella you can get, and of course fresh basil.  Y-U-M.

grilled peach caprese

Grilled Peach Caprese – beautiful and tasty

I stacked my peach caprese for presentation, but it’s just as lovely layered whichever way you want.  And it stays just as delicious no matter how you’d like to present it 🙂  Enjoy it while fresh peaches abound!

RECIPE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

2 large ripe (but not overly ripe) peaches, sliced with skin on, almost 1/2 in. thick
1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 bunch fresh basil

For Vinaigrette:
4 T white balsamic vinegar
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 TB minced fresh basil
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
pinch coarse kosher or sea salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Mix together all ingredients for the vinaigrette.  Can be made ahead and set aside in fridge.

Heat grill to high.  When grill is very hot, set peach slices on top and cook just until grill marks appear.  Don’t over cook.  Set aside to cool off a bit at room temp.

Layer slices of grilled peaches, slices of mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves.  Drizzle generously with vinaigrette.
Enjoy!

Wine Pairing Note:  Excellent with a crisp (non-0aked) Chardonnay, Viognier, or Riesling.

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17 Responses to “Grilled Peach Caprese – a Sweet Twist!”

  1. myhealthyohana August 14, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Great idea! We are loving peaches this summer, they are so juicy 🙂

  2. everyvariety August 14, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    Sounds tasty.

  3. roxyboots August 14, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    It looks soo mouth watering.

  4. Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist August 14, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Oh, oh, oh! Mouth watering!

  5. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 14, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I really hope peaches will be in season for me soon, because you have given me serious peach cravings!

    • chewoutloud August 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      I think you’ll love them grilled 🙂 Hope to see you around again soon.

  6. Erin's DC Kitchen August 14, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    This looks awesome, but we just used up the last of our peaches… 😦

    • chewoutloud August 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Don’t blame ya… peaches are so easy to eat up!

  7. As A Verb August 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I LOVE the twist on this! I would never in a million years have conjured this up! I cannot wait to try it out.

    • chewoutloud August 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      I don’t know why I went so long without thinking of this, either. Better late than never 🙂

  8. Conor Bofin August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Top job. Very creative with a few ingredients. I am impressed with the beautiful photos too.
    Best,
    Conor

    • chewoutloud August 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      Everyone, thanks for such kind comments! Glad you liked it 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. trkingmomoe August 15, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    I think the grilled peaches would be good with the vinegarete as a stand alone side dish to a meal. Great idea. Thanks for.sharing.

    • chewoutloud August 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      You’re right, it would be good by itself, too 🙂

  10. kyliecooks August 15, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    My boyfriend loves the thought of a Caprese salad (though never tried) and he also loves peaches…never thought of the two together. Thank you. I think I might surprise him tonight.

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