Grilled Peaches with Burrata & Honey

8 Aug

Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Honey

August is National Peach month and hence it’s only appropriate to pay homage with at least one peach recipe. And why shouldn’t I? Peaches really are a universally loved fruit and just happen to be my favorite stone fruit. There is nothing quite like biting into a sweet, juicy and fleshy peach in the heart of summer. While peaches taste great in their natural form, grilling them turns them into something quite magnificent. It takes a peach from being just a fruit to a versatile ingredient that can be used in an appetizer, a salad, a main course, a side dish and most certainly a dessert.

Last summer I tasted a really scrumptious appetizer of Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Honey at Acqua Al 2 in DC. It was a flavor and Grilled Peach Crostinitexture explosion of warm, sweet grilled peaches complemented by rich, creamy and savory Burrata cheese on a bed of crusty bread, finished with a drizzle of honey.  It was so simple and yet so spectacular. Regardless to say this is now a summer favorite in my kitchen. The recipe below is my rendition of AcquA Al 2’s masterpiece.  It’s an intimate appetizer for date night and yet elegant enough to impress the most discerning foodies.

Grilled Peaches with Burrata & Honey
Recipe inspired by Acqua Al 2’s (DC location) summer appetizer special
Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8-10 crostini or 4 tartines

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Crusty Italian bread of your choice, sliced into ¾ inch slices (I used Ciabatta)
Flavorless Cooking spray
2 large firm and ripe peaches, peeled and sliced (See note)
4 oz of Burrata cheese (See note)
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons of good quality honey, slightly warmed for drizzling

Note:

  • You can use white or yellow peaches. Just buy what looks best and what you like. They should be firm to stand up the the heat of grilling.
  • While this is just divine with Burrata cheese, you can also make this you can also make this with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella.

Method:
1) Drizzle the sliced bread with the olive oil and toast lightly till golden. Set aside. The bread can be toasted in a toaster oven or conventional oven.
2) Heat a grill pan (you can also use a Panini press leaving it open the whole time) on medium-high heat. Lightly spray the grill pan with the cooking spray. Place the sliced peaches on the pan and cook till one side of the slices gets nice grill marks. You do not need to flip the slices.
3) Assemble the crostini or tartines: Lay out the bread on a serving platter. Top the bread with the burrata cheese and season lightly with salt and pepper. Now divide up the peaches and place them grill marks side up on the cheese. Drizzle with warm honey and serve immediately.

One Response to “Grilled Peaches with Burrata & Honey”

  1. Nat Yusop | BakeSlave August 14, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Grilled peaches and soft cheese on toasted bread sounds like dreamy comfort food to me! Wish we had burrata here in KL; hmmm, probably at the specialty grocers (which means super exy! Sigh.)

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