Did you know that August is National Peach Month? In order to help you celebrate, I would like to suggest this recipe for Honey Almond Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Peaches!
I have to say that I had a hard time deciding what recipe to share with all of you.
Although I have already been blogging for two-ish years, I realized I have yet to share a peach recipe with all of you! So I felt a tremendous responsibility to correct this situation, because, well, we are taking about peaches!
Cue in this recipe for Honey Almond Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Peaches. 🙂
Whenever I think of peaches, I think of summer. Probably because the middle of summer is when this fruit is available. There will be many of you that will correctly assume that it is very hard to grow peaches in Quebec. (Most of the Canadian peaches will soon begin to arrive in the local markets (in Montreal) from the infamous Niagara region of Ontario). But despite our cold winters, my parents had a peach tree in their backyard… and not only that – those peaches were some of the best I had ever tasted! Admitted, I’ve never eaten a peach from Georgia (Since Georgia is known as the “Peach State”, I figure those peaches must really be great!), but let me tell you, I think those backyard peaches were as close to the perfect peach that you can get.
So, you might be wondering, what makes the perfect peach? Well, to start with, peaches that are picked too early do not ripen. Period. So, if the peach is too green and hard to the touch, it will never reach its optimum level of natural sweetness. So, when purchasing peaches, or picking them off a tree, look for peaches that are firm to the touch, but give in just a little bit. As the peaches ripen, they become sweeter and juicier. Another indicator of freshness is the smell. Make sure to breathe in from the stem side in order to get that “peachy” smell. Whatever you do, do not purchase peaches with wrinkly skin. This is a clear sign that the peach is drying out.
Origins of the recipe for Honey Almond Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Peaches:
I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately and the pictures which always peak my curiosity are those with ricotta. I think most of you already know that I love ricotta. So much so that I make my own Creamy Homemade Fresh Ricotta Cheese. Don’t you just love ricotta?
Another favorite of mine is grilled fruit. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about grilling fruit that just elevates the whole taste experience! And so the combination of two of my favorites things, topped with a couple more best-loved foods (i.e. almonds, honey and Soft Amaretti), resulted in this healthy, easy and tasty recipe- Honey Almond Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Peaches.
What about you? Do you have a favorite recipe with peaches? I’d love to hear about it!
Honey Almond Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Peaches
- 4 peaches halved and pitted
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup ricotta homemade or store bought
- 1 teaspoon honey plus more for drizzling
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract clear
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds lightly toasted, sprinkled over the top
- 1-2 amaretti cookies crushed and sprinkled over tops of peaches
- honey for drizzling
- mint leaves for decorating
- Brush cut side of peaches with olive oil. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the filling. Set aside.
- Pre-heat grill to medium.
- Place peaches cut side down on greased grill.
- Close lid cover and grill until peaches have softened, approximately 6-10 minutes, depending on the size of the peaches.
- Place peach halves on serving plate.
- Spoon about 1 tablespoon of ricotta mixture in the cavity (can also use small scooper).
- Sprinkle with slivered almonds, crushed amaretti cookies and honey.
- Decorate with mint leaves.
- Serve immediately.
Slivered almonds can be lightly toasted in a frying pan for a few minutes.
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Ciao for now!