I wait all summer for peach season to begin and, once it does, there’s no stopping me. Fresh peaches, grilled peaches, baked peaches. Plain peaches, sweet peaches, savory peaches. And–the best part–peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snack time, too.(Can you tell I like peaches?)
Peach season moves quickly though, so if you ask me, you’ve got to have plan to keep from missing out on the best of the yearly crop. These 11 peach recipes will get you on your way to making every meal… peachy.
Peaches for Breakfast
Peaches and cream… great. Peaches and coconut cream… spectacular. Peaches and Coconut Cream Oatmeal (above) is the best way ever to start your day. Ditch the maple syrup and brown sugar for this fab recipe from Running into the Kitchen.
A quick cook with sugar, spices and apple turns fresh peaches into a sweet Peach Waffle Sauce in just 15 minutes. And, with all due respect to creator Erin from Naturally Ella, I say that this sauce would also be equally tasty on pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, and more. Breakfast ice cream, anyone?
Peaches for Lunch
How gorgeous is this Peach Salsa Tostada recipe from Love and Lemons? And so easy, too. Make a laid back peach salsa, crisp a tortilla, and pile delicious ingredients on top. Summer lunch perfection.
Quesadillas are one of my favorite quick lunches. I make them at some point nearly every weekend and even pack them for lunch. This Peach, Chicken and Jack Cheese Quesadilla from Gimme Some Oven puts my favorite fruit in my favorite lunch which makes it the greatest lunch of all time. Put that in your brown paper bag.
This Savory Peach Tortilla combines fresh peaches, havarti cheese, basil and–if you want a kick–a pinch of cayenne. A 10-minute lunch (or light dinner), this recipe by Katherine of Eggton.com is a brilliant combination of sweet and savory.
Peaches for Snacks
I know, I know. The best way to enjoy peaches at snack time is to bite into one whole. Or is it? This Peach Fruit Salad with Mint Sugar from The Merry Gourmet makes me wonder. Sprinkling fresh peaches with fresh mint mixed into sugar might sound like gilding the lily–and maybe it is–but who cares. Snack time for me just got a little more interesting.
Peaches for Dinner
I love salads, but it’s rare to find one that can satisfy for dinner. That’s why this Grilled Peach and Pesto Salad by Sara of Verbalized is special for late summer. There’s no recipe here, just layer arugula, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pesto, and, of course, grilled peaches. Scatter some pine nuts over the top and presto–I want to eat this for dinner every night.
This Peach, Apricot and Pistachio Couscous recipe from Keep it Simple Foods is dotted with pistachios and sprinkled with cumin and cinnamon, giving it a Moroccan vibe. Exotic! And just right for a hearty summer side dish or light summer meal.
If you’ve seen recipes for peach barbecue sauce around, they’re often a little hard to make. Not this one, though. Use it to baste these Drumsticks with Peach BBQ Sauce from One Lovely Life, roast some potatoes and shuck a few ears of corn. You’ll have a quick summer dinner on the table in no time–just as BBQ should be.
Peaches for Dessert
Peach pie is a staple summer dessert, but then you do have to deal with pesky pie crust. Think of this Peach Cobbler–a recipe that I perfected myself–as peach pie’s cool, casual cousin. You make a quick dough in the food processor (no dusting, no rolling, no crimping), plop it over prepped peaches, and pop the whole thing in the oven for 45 minutes. Done and done.
What can I say about this Peach Dutch Baby with Blueberry from Seasons and Suppers that the picture doesn’t already tell you? Tasty. Delicious. Warm. Heavenly.