Monday, July 26, 2010

Grilled Peaches, yes I said Grilled Peaches!!!

There is nothing quite like livin' in the south! If you've ever driven through Georgia about this time of the year, anywhere along Hwy 319, you'll find some of the juiciest locally grown peaches! A sweet lady that attended church with us gave me peaches one year that were so delicious and sweet. I'll never forget her or those peaches. It's one of my favorite fruits and is so versatile and if you are lucky enough to live in a good growing area, you should stock up to use this flavorful fruit.

Peaches are very firm so they can withstand many different types of preparation. Grilling is one of the most delicious and probably not often thought of, methods of preparing this simple dessert.

Grilled Peaches

Wash, core and slice your peaches in half.
brush with just a dab of oil and sprinkle with some brown sugar, then grill skin side down first and then flip. It should only grill for about a minute.

Praline Sauce
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons Light corn syrup
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine the sugars, buttermilk, butter, syrup, and baking soda in a heavy saucepan. Bring to the boiling point, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and nuts. Cool completely before serving. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

If you don't have buttermilk (which I don't usually keep on hand), you can use milk and add just a little vinegar.

Cream Cheese filling:
1 pkg (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup milk

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Spoon into the center of grilled peaches.
Drizzle praline sauce over the cheese filling and Yum! There's a fabulous dessert that's a great compliment for any grilled entree.

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