During warmer months, I always prefer to keep things simple in the kitchen. I love to grill outdoors whenever possible as opposed to turning on the hot oven inside. Grilled fruit is one of my favorite warm weather desserts. It’s not overly heavy and it’s a perfect way to enjoy seasonal produce.
It’s so easy to grill fruit; just slice, grease and throw it on high heat. The grill gives such a wonderful smoky flavor to the fruit that it barely requires anything else. You can chop up the fruit and use it as an ice cream topping. Or you can add a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh herbs from the garden. Dessert in 10 minutes.
For this recipe you want to use nectarines that are firm but give slightly when pressed. They should be ripe and sweet but not mushy or they’ll fall apart on the grill. For best results I recommend using ghee, also known as clarified butter, to grease the fruit for the grill. Ghee can be found in the international aisle at most grocery stores. Vegetable oil will also work but it won’t have the same buttery flavor.
Grilled Nectarines with Honey, Whipped Cream and Mint
Yields: 4 to 8 servings
Total Time: 10 minutes
Notes: Do not use overripe nectarines or they might fall apart on the grill.
- 4 ripe but firm nectarines
- Melted ghee or vegetable oil for grilling
- 1 cup heavy cream, cold
- 2 to 4 tablespoons honey (recommended: orange blossom)
- Fresh mint leaves to taste (at least 8 of them)
- Preheat a grill on medium high heat for several minutes, until very hot. Slice the nectarines in half and carefully remove the pit while leaving the fruit intact. Brush liberally all over with ghee or vegetable oil (ghee provides a better flavor).
- Place the nectarines flesh-side-down and grill for 4 minutes with the lid closed.
- While the nectarines are grilling, whip the heavy cream to a soft peak, either by hand or with a stand mixer.
- Carefully remove the nectarines from the grill. The skins may separate slightly from the fruit, which is fine. Try to keep the entire half intact. Allow to cool for several minutes.
- Place 1 or 2 cooled nectarine halves on a plate. Top each half with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle honey on top. Garnish with mint. Serve immediately.
Photo credit: Jennifer Farley