The sweet caramelized flavor of grilled peaches is wonderfully complemented by the extraordinary spicy, smoky flavor of Chipotle. Bringing the delightful flavors together… goat cheese, with its tangy taste and creamy texture, Chipotle and peach, creates the ideal triad for the dessert plate.

Grilled Peach Halves Stuffed with Cheese and Chipotle Raspberry Puree

Grilled Peach Halves Stuffed with Cheese and Chipotle Raspberry Puree
Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2 firm ripe peaches, cut in half vertically, pits removed
  • finely chopped walnuts for garnish
  • Cheese Filling
  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons goat cheese, at room temperature
  • Raspberry Puree:
  • 1 1/2 Cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile
  1. Combine the brown sugar, lime juice, and vinegar in a small saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Remove from the heat, allow to cool, add the peaches, and marinate for an additional 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cheeses together and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. To make the puree, slightly thaw the raspberries. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Remove the peaches from the marinade and place them in a grill basket with handles. Grill them flesh side down over a medium-hot fire. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes until the grill marks show. Turn and grill until the peaches are soft.
  5. To serve, spoon some of the raspberry puree on a dessert plate, place the peach cut side up on the sauce. Put a dollop of cheese in the center of the peach and top with additional puree, and garnish with the walnuts.
  6. Mildly hot.
Do not peel the peaches. The Chipotle chile adds a nice hint of heat and smoke to this spectacular way to end a great meal off the grill. An interesting variation is to substitute Stilton cheese for the goat cheese.

Excerpt from Barbecue Inferno, published by Ten Speed Press 2001.
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