Grilled Peaches with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

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Reprinted with permission from Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life by Louisa Shafia, copyright © 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Peaches seem exotic and rare because they disappear from the market before plums, their stone fruit cousins. Light grilling keeps their pleasing shape intact, and the fruit’s natural sweetness is accentuated by the fat and sourness of the goat cheese. If you don’t have a grill, sear the peaches in a pan, following the same instructions for grilling. For a sweeter take on this recipe, reduce the salt and pepper and, after topping the peaches with the goat cheese, drizzle them with honey and garnish with a few mint leaves.


Grilled Peaches with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar


For 4 Person(s)


  • 1/2 cups fresh goat cheese
  • 4 ripe peaches
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Grilled Peaches with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar Directions

  1. Remove the goat cheese from its package, place in a bowl and let sit at room temperature to soften.
  2. Cut the peaches in half along the seam that runs around the fruit. Remove the stone. Drizzle the halves lightly with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the grill. Place a few peaches on the grill, cut-side down, and grill for just under 1 minute. As you grill, press down firmly with tongs for a couple of seconds to form grill marks. Turn and cook for 10 seconds on the second side. Repeat with the remaining peaches.
  4. Add a dash of water to the goat cheese and stir until pliable. Using two spoons, place a generous spoonful of goat cheese in the indentation of each peach, scooping the cheese with the first one and using the second to push the cheese onto the fruit. Spoon a few drops of the balsamic vinegar over the peaches and season with more pepper. Serve immediately.