Grilled Nectarines + 4th of July Food

in Desserts

If you’re looking for a party in your mouth, look no further. Please meet my new infatuation: grilled fruit.  This recipe is by far the most impressive dessert I’ve had in quite some time, while simultaneously being the easiest and quickest. What really makes this special is the contrast of flavors going on.  First, there’s the hot and cold action due to the ice cream with the just-off-the-grill -fruit.  And then there’s the bite from the balsamic vinegar, the hint of olive oil, and the awesome sweetness from the ice cream, fruit and honey. This is definitely a super special recipe.  So if you’re not in the mood for slaving over the perfect pie crust, then this is an awesome alternative.

{A little olive oil}

{Balsamic vinegar, plus honey and a little salt and pepper}

{Grill on each side for 1-3 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is}

{Place grilled nectarines over softened ice cream.  Pour remaining balsamic mixture…}

{…and then enjoy perfection}

Grilled Nectarines

This recipe comes from my friend, Lauren.  A few things she recommends:  playing with the balsamic vinegar amount to taste. I think the 2 teaspoons is perfect, but if you want it more sweet rather than having the acidic bite, then I’d scale it back to 1 teaspoon.  An other thing she recommends is using white raw honey rather than clover.  I loved the white honey, but if you don’t have it, then just go with clover.

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Recipe by Lauren Morelli

2 Ripe Nectarines

2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons of olive oil

2 teaspoons of honey (I used white raw honey per Lauren’s request)

1 teaspoons of vanilla extract

vanilla ice cream

Halve and core the nectarines and place in medium bowl. Pour vinegar, oil, honey and vanilla extract over nectarines and let marinate for a few minutes. Make sure to reserve some of the liquid for brushing while the nectarines are on the grill.

Place the fruit cut side down on the grill for 1-3 minutes, then turn the slices up and spoon some of the marinade over. It will pool in the center and caramelize. Grill for an additional 1-3 minutes, until fruit is very soft to the touch.

Place a few scoops of ice cream in a bowl and top with the nectarines and the remaining balsamic mixture. Voila!

In other 4th of July happenings, I have a few recommendations. These Blueberry Crisp Bars are awesome. I think you should make them.

Do you hate mayo in your potato salads? If so, this Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad is made with a mustard mixture. All sorts of amazing.

…and Cherry Couscous Salad. A super pretty salad.

And two awesome recipe for 4th of July that aren’t so American, but totally awesome:

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

and Horchata.  I sometimes dream of bathing in this Horchata. It’s that good.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara July 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I want to eat this website.

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Tickled Red July 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Oh My Word! That looks yummy and I am not a huge fan of nectarines but you have sold me. :)

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Pamela July 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Two posts in one week?? What did we do to deserve this?? Looks amazing.

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Amy July 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Nectarines are yum! I’ve never grilled them but you can bet I’ll be trying that in the next week or so.

Happy 4th!

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millys mini kitchen July 4, 2010 at 4:26 am

a perfect bbq desert!! I’m giving this a try soon :)

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Katrina July 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

Grilled nectarines? Yes please. This food looks great and I’ll use some of your suggestions for sure!

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Becca July 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Yum, you seriously have my mouth watering with the grilled nectarines. I’m going to have to give it a try as soon as humanly possible – yummo!

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yummy supper July 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Oh this is a recipe I have to try! Grilled nectarines, balsamic…. irresistible!!
Happy Holidays to you:)
-E

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Lawyer Loves Lunch July 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

Oooh, I have some nectarines at home that would be perfect for this! I don’t have any ice cream so I’ll definitely be making a stop on the way home tonight :)

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Elle Sees July 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I did grilled peaches and pineapple. I felt like a chef! haha

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Jordan July 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! I just bought my husband a grill for his birthday, and I think it needs to be broken in. Spooned over Blue Bell homemade vanilla (quite possibly the best ice cream ever), this looks like a perfect summer dessert!

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Erica July 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I would like to eat every single thing on this post.
Love me some horchata!
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Trudi Deyon October 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

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Marta Spangler November 26, 2010 at 2:53 am

Having just discovered the joys of organic farming in our own backyard, I have to say potato soup is our favourite of the month. I found a website dedicated to potato soup recipes, which is quite amazing when you think about it. There’s a website for anything nowadays it appears!

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