Grilled Chicken Paillard with Nectarine Salsa and Peach BBQ Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
Peach BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)
2 nectarines, not fully ripe, firm, deseeded and chopped small
½ red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
½ red onion, chopped small
1 serrano chili, deseeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Place them in a large flat baking dish and smother them with the peach BBQ sauce. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine the nectarines, peppers, onions, chili and cilantro and mix together well. Squeeze the lime juice and season with salt and mix well. Let stand while the chicken cooks. Place chicken, letting all excess BBQ sauce drip off, on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once more. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Peach BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

3 peaches, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
¼-½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Sprinkle peaches (open halves) with sugar and grill until soft. Combine all ingredients in a blender (or use a handheld food processor) and blend until relatively smooth but still has some coarseness. Brush the sauce on meats while they are cooking.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeño or serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat you grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapeños, and cilantro and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Tarragon-Ginger-Peach Shortcake

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 medium fresh peaches, pitted and cut into wedges about ½ inch thick
½ cup turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons ginger
½ cup water
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Tarragon Biscuits (recipe follows)
Tarragon ginger Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Place the peaches, turbinado sugar ginger and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for a few minutes and reduce and simmer for about 5 minutes or until peaches are semi soft and the liquid is thick. Let stand for at least 30 minutes, before using. Split the biscuits in half and place a spoonful of the peach mixture on the top of one half and a dollop of the cream, place the other half of the biscuit on top and a few peaches and cream as well.

Tarragon Biscuits
Makes 15 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, sliced into thin strips

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently mix. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and tarragon in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 6-10 even shapes of your choice, circles, squares, triangles, etc. and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Tarragon Ginger Sweet Cream
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Lavender Peach Doughnuts Bites Tossed with Lavender Fairy Dust

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 30 bites

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose white flour
¼ cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons fresh lavender, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
¼ cup plain white Greek yogurt
¼ cup fresh peach puree
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, melted
Canola oil for frying
Lavender Fairy dust for dusting (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, lavender, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, yogurt, peach puree, vanilla, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and gently mix until it is smooth and a little elastic. To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 3″ of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375ËšF. Drop spoonfuls of the doughnut mixture into the hot pan. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so. Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the lavender-rosemary sugar. (Wait until the hot oil runs off the donut before dusting.)

Lavender Fairy Dust
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar, white
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers

Directions

Rub dry lavender flowers between your fingers creating a powder, mix with powdered sugar and voila!

Stone Fruit Herbal Sodas

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 soda

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces herbal stone fruit syrup of choice
Soda water
Stone fruit garnish of choice

Directions

Pour two ounces of the stone fruit herbal syrup on a large glass filled with ice. Fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness, stir and garnish with a piece of stone fruit or an herb leaf.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the tarragon, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Rosemary Plum Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons rosemary leaves
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ripe plums, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the rosemary, sugar, water and plums in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the tarragon, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger-Mint Honey Dressing

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx ¾ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
Fresh seasonal summer fruit: melons, peaches, plums, wedge and chopped

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients together until blended well. Place the fruit in a large bowl or on a large platter and drizzle the dressing over it.

Lavender Peach Soda

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lavender flowers
2 ripe peaches, chopped
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
Ice
Water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the flowers, peaches, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 5 more minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and blend until smooth. Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water!

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeno or Serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapenos, and cilantro and toss together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, zest, avocado oil, peach preserves and chipotles until a smooth sauce is formed. Season with a pinch or two of salt and pour over peach mixture and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 10-5 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Jasmine Peach Iced Tea

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 gallon

Ingredients

1 cup ripe peaches, chopped
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 jasmine tea bags
Ice
Water
Peaches for garnish

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the peaches, sugar, and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 5 more minutes or until the mixture is dark. Puree the mixture in a blender. Pour the syrup/puree in a container filled with ice and add water (about 1 gallon)! Garnish with peach slices.

Tarragon Peach Ice Cream

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks, beaten
3 large ripe peaches pitted and peeled and pureed or mashed (¼ cup reserved for nectar)
1 cup tarragon peach nectar (recipe follows)
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped

Directions

In a heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Whisk in egg yolks and continue to whisk while heating through and cook about 5 minutes on medium low heat, making sure the egg mixture does not boil. Remove it from the heat. Mix the nectar and peach puree in with the cream mixture until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add chopped fresh tarragon and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Tarragon Peach Nectar

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup peach puree
3 sprigs of fresh tarragon

Directions

In a saucepan, place sugar, water, peach puree and fresh tarragon sprigs and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes, discard tarragon sprigs, stir well and set nectar aside to cool.

Red Basil White Stone Fruit Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup red basil peach syrup (recipe follows)
2 bottles white wine, sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc or white table wine
1 cup Cointreau
1 peach, sliced
1 apricot, sliced
1 plum, sliced
1 nectarine, sliced
¼ cup raspberries
2 cups soda water

Directions

Combine the red basil peach syrup, wine, and cointreau in a large pitcher and stir well. Add the fruit and let stand unrefrigerated for about 1-2 hours. Add soda water just before serving and serve either tepid or over ice, but do not refrigerate.

Red Basil Peach Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup red basil leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 ripe peach, chopped

Directions

Combine the basil, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Red Basil Peach Syrup

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup red basil leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 ripe peach, chopped

Directions

Combine the basil, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Jersey Peach Popsicle Bites

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups jersey peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
½ cup water
½ cup honey

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the peaches, honey and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 2 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Once cool, blend into a smooth puree. Place into popsicle molds and freeze for 6-9 hours.

NJ Peach Tarragon Bellini

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Peach Tarragon Syrup
Prosecco or Cava

PREPARATION

Place one ounce of peach tarragon syrup in a chilled champagne glass and fill with prosecco or cava.
For the syrup place 1 fresh peach sliced thin & ½ cup fresh tarragon in a saucepan with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 minutes, cool and strain.

Roasted Stone Fruit with Herbed Meringue

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

6 each apricots, plums, and peaches, cut in half
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Herbed meringue, recipe below
Demerara sugar (optional)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425Ëš.
Toss stone fruit with sugar and salt, and roast for 5 minutes.
Reduce oven to 200Ëš.
Once oven temperature has reduced, spoon rosemary meringue atop roasted plum halves, thyme meringue atop roasted apricot halves and tarragon meringue over roasted peach halves, sprinkle each with demerara sugar (if using) for added texture and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until dry.
Serve warm.

Herbed Meringue

Makes 6 individual meringue shells

INGREDIENTS

¼ teaspoon salt
3 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped thyme

PREPARATION

Add the salt to the egg whites and beat until foamy, gradually add the sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
Separate meringue into three equal parts and fold in herbs to create three separate herb meringue bases.

Roasted Stone Fruit with Herbed Meringue

Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup (6 ounces) all purpose flour
¼ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mix until just blended. Add lemon juice. Fold in half the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk, then dry. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.

Stone Fruit compote:

INGREDIENTS

8 pieces stone fruit (peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines) cut into large pieces, pits reserved
1 sprig lemon basil
½ teaspoon lavender
Zest of 1 lemon
½ cup almond grappa
Sugar
2 tablespoons butter

PREPARATION

Smash pits and combine with lemon basil, lavender and lemon zest. Wrap in cheesecloth and add to grappa. Lightly dust fruit in sugar. Melt butter in saute pan, and add fruit and cook until lightly caramelized and beginning to soften. Remove from pan and add to grappa and sachet. Let marinate for at least an hour. Remove sachet and spoon compote over cake, ice cream, or buttered toast.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

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