Grilled Peach Melba

Summer is the time for lighter desserts. Grilled fruit is an excellent, healthier option. I tossed some peach halves on the barbecue and made these marvelous Grilled Peach Melbas.Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Peach Melba

Have you heard of a peach melba? It’s an old-fashioned dessert with poached peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Named after Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer. Famed French chef Escoffier claims to have first created the Peach Melba in her honor while Nellie was a guest at the Savoy Hotel in London. Peaches, raspberries and ice cream??? How could this be anything but fabulous???

Grilled Peach Melbas | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream
A Grilled Twist

Knowing that grilling fruit helps caramelize their natural sugars, I thought it would be a fun way to shake up this classic dessert. This could be difficult with a charcoal grill (my hubby would scorch these for sure!), so make sure your peaches are over indirect heat. Medium heat on a gas grill works well, and even a grill pan on your stove top is an option. Serve the peach halves whole or sliced and place them in a stemmed glass over ice cream with some luscious raspberry sauce. A simple way to have an elegant dessert when you’re grilling dinner anyway!Grilled Peach Melba| A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Grilling Time for Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re featuring It’s Grilling Time! hosted by Jane Bonacci, the author of The Heritage Cook. Today we are sharing recipes that are prepared on a barbecue or grill. Savory and sweet, you can cook your entire meal outside keeping your kitchen cool and perfect for hot summer evenings. We know you’ll enjoy the kiss of smoke in every bite!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

Progressive Eats

 

Main Course

Vegetables/Side Dishes

Desserts

Grilled Peach Melba

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Serves: 3-6 servings

A twist on the classic Peach Melba made with grilled peaches.
Ingredients
  • 6 peaches (medium ripe, slightly firm)
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • 10 ounces frozen raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon or so of water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Chambord, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh raspberries, optional
Instructions
  1. Cut an X in the bottom of each peach, just through the skin. Boil a pot of water, then drop the peaches in for 30-60 seconds. Place peaches in a bowl of ice water. Once you can handle the peaches, peel off the skin, cut in half, remove the pit and rub with lemon or lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Make the raspberry sauce by adding the frozen raspberries, cornstarch slurry, and sugar to a medium saucepan. Cook the raspberries until the sugar dissolves and the sauce boils and thickens slightly. Add Chambord to taste, if desired. Cool.
  3. Preheat grill and grill the peaches on a lightly oiled grill, for 2-3 minutes per side. Serve one or two peach halves or sliced peaches with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce, and fresh raspberries if desired.

Exciting News!

One of our own, Jane Bonacci, the host for this month’s Grilling party has a book coming out this fall, The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook! If you or someone you knows needs a great resource for making their own gluten-free bread in a bread machine, you can Pre-Order NOW!

Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Comments

  1. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Liz, this is a visually stunning dessert – bright, summery colors. And the idea of adding a new twist to Peach Melba is wonderful – placing delicious peaches on the bbq will certainly bring our their natural sugars and add a wonderful new taste to this dessert!

  2. I’ve never grilled peaches or had Melba – so I’ll be in for a treat when I try this 🙂

  3. Well I must be an old fashioned girl, Liz, because I have to tell you that peach melba was the first “dessert at a fancy restaurant” that I ever tried and I loved it!!! I love the combo of sweet and tart fruits and grilling those peaches can only make it that much better! Thanks for putting a modern twist on one of my favorite desserts! 🙂

  4. Liz, thanks for this wonderful and stunning recipe. I have a huge peach share arriving and this will be a nice way to use them.

  5. Even though we just finished lunch, I am licking my lips looking at all the gorgeous pics of this very beautiful dessert. I will definitely bookmark it for the weekend my cousin and her family comes up to the cottage, we can use the last embers from the charcoal grill, plus it is light enough after a heavy dinner of BBQ ribs and chicken!

  6. Chambord is never optional! LOL What a gorgeous spin on a classic, Liz! Love it!

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