Grilled peaches with feta and honey is a simple and delicious summer dessert or brunch idea
The idea of pairing fruit with feta cheese is certainly not a new one. Think of all the beautiful cheese platters you have seen; most have at least a small bundle of grapes nestled between the bries, goudas and aged cheddars. When it comes to Greek cheeses, many have discovered that the salty, sharp flavour of feta pairs deliciously with the sweetness of fruit.
A very popular fruit and feta combo is watermelon with feta, and there’s a good reason for that – it’s delicious! We have already shared two lovely watermelon and feta recipes; one which is served as small bites, perfect as passed appetizers, and the other which showcases the beauty of grilled watermelon.
Although you would probably be very satisfied sticking with watermelon and feta, there are more fruit and feta combinations that you should consider. For instance, we also have a pretty fantastic feta and fig crostini recipe that is loved by anyone who tries it (except for people who don’t like feta or figs). So good!!
But there is even more! Here we have grilled peaches with feta and honey. This is a perfect light and healthy dessert to enjoy after a meal but it would also make a great addition to a brunch buffet. When peaches are in season they are sweet and juicy; grilling them lightly gives them a richer and more intense flavour. The little indentation where the stone or pit was is made to hold the feta. Drizzled with a bit of honey – we think you will fall in love with this recipe!
Can I make the grilled peaches with feta and honey if I don’t have an outdoor grill?
Sure! You can grill your peaches on the stovetop using a grill pan. Set the heat to medium and watch your peaches carefully. A cast iron grill pan will work best.
How can I easily remove the pit from my peaches?
This is a great question, because it can certainly be a struggle! The best thing to do is be sure that you purchase a peach variety called “freestone”; in these, the stone (or pit) falls right out when the peach is cut. The most popular variety of freestone peaches is the Georgia peach.
The alternative are “clingstone” peaches, and those are exactly what you think they would be – peaches where the stone literally clings to the peach flesh. These tend to be firm and juicy peaches which are quite delicious and often used in canning.
There are also semi-freestone peaches like the Desert Gold, juicy like a clingstone but easier to remove the stone.
Regardless of the peach you use, the easiest way to remove the pit is to use a sharp pairing knife. Starting at the stem, slice all around the seam of the peach. You will be able to use the pit as your guide – make sure you are cutting deeply enough that you are feeling the pit with your knife.
Once you have cut all around, remove your knife and twist the two halves apart with your hands. This can get tricky if your peaches are very soft and juicy; slightly firmer peaches make this job easier.
Pull the halves apart and then use your fingers to pry out the pit.
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Grilled peaches with feta and honey
- Outdoor grill (or indoor grill pan)
- 3-4 peaches
- 1 ½ tbsp melted butter unsalted
- 1 ½ tsp brown sugar
- 45 grams crumbled Greek feta
- 1 tsp plain yogourt Greek or regular
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp chopped fresh mint, or chopped fresh basil
- honey, for drizzling
- Preheat grill to medium heat.
- Wash and dry your peaches and then slice them in half and remove the pit (see Recipe Note).
- Brush the cut side of each peach half with melted butter and sprinkle it with brown sugar.
- Grill, cut side down, for approximately 5 - 7 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the feta, yogourt and honey in a small bowl and mix well until combined.
- Your peaches are done when they are warmed through and they have been caramelized on the cut side, with grill marks.
- Transfer your grilled peach halves to a serving platter, cut side up.
- Fill the cavity of each peach half (where the pit used to be) with the feta mixture.
- Garnish with the mint or basil if desired and drizzle with additional honey.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!