Hello there, summer, may I celebrate you with the ultimate summer appetizer/snack/side i.e. grilled peaches? With a light and creamy filling? And a drizzle of black pepper honey? Aaaaand some sliced basil? Good, I’m glad you approve.
A perfectly ripe peach is arguably one of my favorite things in the whole world to eat…it is tender, so sweet, and SO DELICIOUS. I have a hard time finding ripe peaches, but when I do I hoard them to myself. I don’t even like to let Ford eat them because I feel like a one year old can’t appreciate the perfection of a ripe peach…is that weird? Selfish? Make me a bad mom? He can have blueberries while I sit next to him devouring the most delicious peach ever, and I feel okay about that.
Quick grilling the peaches doesn’t cook them all the way through – it just chars the surface, giving the peach so much complexity of flavor and intensifying the sweetness. You guys need to grill some peaches if you haven’t ever done so…this was my first time, aaaaand it won’t be my last!
The rest of the ingredients in this stuffed peach are mostly inspired by these toasts I made a while ago for the blog. They are loaded up with goat cheese, peaches, and basil, and they are quite possibly one of the tastiest things EVA, so I used similar flavors here with the addition of some mascarpone cheese in the filling. Peach and basil together is just 👌. CHOICE.
The black pepper honey, on the other hand, has a different inspiration. My in-laws’ favorite restaurant where they live in Cary, North Carolina has a pizza topped with spicy sausage and black pepper honey. I visited, I ate said pizza, and I have been dreaming about it since. Seth and I have since made our own version of the pizza (BAE), and now I’m determined to top every foreseeable food item in my future with black pepper honey if it has even the potential of sounding yummy. Which it did here, and it did not disappoint, friends!…