Savor sweet, juicy peaches this summer with our best recipes to showcase one of our favorite seasonal fruits.
When it comes to summer in the South, it is hard not to find someone enjoying a sweet, juicy peach. Whether sweet or savory, there are so many ways to enjoy the fruit of the summer. From the classics like peach cobbler and peach ice cream, to the unexpected like peach barbecue sauce and peach-mozzarella salad, we’ve got a peach recipe for every craving. If you’re looking to keep cool during the summer months, there are plenty of summer peach drink recipes to try, like the Governor’s Mansion Sweet Summer Peach Tea Punch. Be sure to check out our whole list of Summer Peach Recipes.
Grilled Peach Cobbler
Recipe: Grilled Peach Cobbler
Fresh-out-of-the-oven peach cobbler is a favorite, but Grilled Peach Cobbler is a sweet and savory sensation! The fire gives this classic an extra-smoky, caramelized flavor that, we're willing to bet, you won't be able to resist. Cook this in some of our go-to Southern cookware—a cast-iron skillet—because it is great to take from grill to table. Serve this hot off the grill, or at room temperature, because it is equally as delicious both ways. Crown the cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra-sweet touch.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Recipe: Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Peaches make the perfect foundation for a delicious summer salsa, and pairing them with tender meat creates a great taco. Slow-cooker beef brisket may be the foundation here, but it is the crunchy fruit summer salsa that steals the show. Make it by pairing fresh peaches with cucumber, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime, and salt. It couldn't be simpler. Spoon this delectable concoction into your tortillas that have been filled with brisket and get ready to savor the tastes of the season. You'll love how sweet peaches blend with the spicy adobo chile heat.
Ginger-Peach Shortbread Cobbler
Recipe: Ginger-Peach Shortbread Cobbler
Put down your peeler: This brilliant dish is our easiest peach cobbler ever. Simply cut the peaches in half, place them in a cast-iron skillet, and bake them. Add in some shortbread dough, bake everything a little longer, and get ready to enjoy a simple and incredibly delicious Ginger-Peach Shortbread Cobbler. You can serve this cobbler warm, right out of the oven and out of the skillet, or let it cool and serve it later. However you prefer it, this easy-to-make recipe means that having homemade peach cobbler doesn’t have to mean spending all day peeling peaches—it simply means digging in to a great handmade delight.
Peach Divinity Icebox Pie
Recipe: Peach Divinity Icebox Pie
If you were to think of a dessert as an old-school, new-school remix, this Peach Divinity Icebox Pie might be it: except peaches and divinity are both old-school Southern dessert classics! So to create this sweet fantasy, this pie combines two of the South’s favorite flavors: fresh peaches and fluffy, creamy divinity candy. It is all nestled into a baked gingersnap crust, and pile high with sweetened whipped cream. With all these incredible flavors, it is hard to decide which one tastes the best. What's great about this pie is that since you get a little bite of delight in every mouthful, you can just enjoy everything all at once.
Mixed Stone-Fruit Pie
Recipe: Mixed Stone Fruit Pie
This graham-cracker crust pie creates a crisp and crunchy delight that gets filled with the flavors of the season. A no-cook filling makes a dreamy base that soon gets piled high with freshly cut fruit. Peaches, plums, and apricots all work wonderfully well in this pie, but you can choose your favorite stone fruits for the filling and mix or match them to suit your tastes. Whatever you choose will be delicious and taste incredible topping the rich, cream cheese based filling. Best of all, since this no-bake, you'll have this on the table in a jiffy, so be ready to dig in to this sweet seasonal sensation.
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Peach Pie
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Peach Pie
This amazing peach pie may seem like it takes a little preparation time, but once you have your first bite you will know it is worth it. Filled with sweet, cinnamon-covered peaches, and encased in a crisp, buttery, golden-brown crust, this Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Peach Pie is a delight. Decorate the top with leaves cut from the leftover crust and sprinkled with granulated sugar. You will love the delicate sweetness you get with every bite. Serve this to-die-for peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with candied or toasted pecans.
Blackberry-Peach Coffee Cake
Recipe: Blackberry-Peach Coffee Cake
Let this fruit-filled cake be the start of your next special-occasion breakfast or potluck. The cinnamon and nutmeg in the homemade Streusel Topping complete the flavor palate of succulent peaches and tart blackberries. This coffee cake will become a family favorite, or the perfect treat to bring for office get-togethers. In the words of one online reviewer, "I took the cake to my office and there was not even a crumb left on the plate!" If you bake this incredible cake, it may not even make it as far as the office—so just be prepared to enjoy every slice.
Summertime Peach Ice Cream
Recipe: Summertime Peach Ice Cream
Once they've had their first scoop or spoonful, your family will be asking for this creamy dessert over and over again. Best of all, the 6-ingredient mixture requires no cooking, just stirring. The unexpected ingredient here is a package of vanilla instant pudding mix, which adds creaminess and density to this great-tasting Summertime Peach Ice Cream. But the true stars are the seasonal fresh peaches, which should be celebrated every summer. Grab them when you can at your local farmers' market and savor every single bite of sunshine. One reviewer described this as a "delicious way to enjoy ripe peaches and a favorite at our house." We hope it becomes a favorite way to enjoy peaches at your house too.
Recipe: Peach-and-Blueberry Parfaits
These parfaits put a Southern twist on a traditional classic. Mason jars add a homey presentation for this simple, refreshing dessert. This recipe layers angel food cake with custard, peaches, and blueberries. You can place all of these in the jars in advance, then serve them when dinner comes to a close. Guests will love how these desserts are simple, grab-and-go delights. And you'll love how simple it is to savor every bite and make cleanup a breeze. But most of all you and your guests will love the combination of summer fruits, sweet custard, and the way the angel food cake soaks up all the delicious juices. These Peach-and-Blueberry Parfaits are simply perfect.
Insalata con Peche
Recipe: Insalata con Peche
This Insalata con Peche combines the salty delight of prosciutto, the sweet taste of fresh peaches, and the rich creaminess of fresh mozzarella cheese into one dish for a simply irresistible salad. Serve everything on a bed of fresh, spring greens, and then top everything off with a simple homemade vinaigrette. You don't need a lot to bring out the best in this salad—just drizzle a touch of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper over the top. Then sprinkle everything with a little fresh thyme if you want to add some zip, and this salad is ready to go. Serve, and enjoy.
Fresh Peach Gelées
Recipe: Fresh Peach Gelées
We love the idea of a twist on the traditional gelatin dessert, and this adult-only version mixes the sweet flavor of ripe peaches with some additional ingredients to create just the right result. You'll need some of your favorite sparkling wine, as well as a little vodka and some of our Peach Puree, but this combines to be a cool sweet treat. Garnished with fresh peach slices, you'll get the tastes of the season with a little unexpected taste and sensation. Serve this special treat in martini glasses for a party-perfect presentation.
Peach Streusel Muffins
Recipe: Peach Streusel Muffins
Think of these as peach-filled, bite-sized treats. With their cake-like texture and streusel topping, these peach-filled muffins can easily serve as dessert—but they could just as easily be a great grab-and-go breakfast. They are also perfect with quiche for brunch or with a glass of milk for a snack. You'll love the flavor of fresh or frozen peaches, and the crunch of the streusel topping is a sweet and crunchy delight. Cooked to golden brown perfection, you'll find it difficult to eat only one—so you may want to go ahead and double the recipe!
Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
You can make perfect, fresh summer peaches even better by cooking them into a juicy, pecan pastry-topped cobbler. This recipe is literally packed with peaches—about 16 cups of them—and it makes enough to feed a crowd. This Pecan-Peach Cobbler is great for family reunions. You'll love it served either warm or cold, and either way it only tastes even better with sweetened whipping cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or both. Since this recipe packs in the great tastes of peaches and pecans, it is like having a true taste of the South with every mouthwatering bite.
Grilled Pork Porterhouse with Peach Agrodolce
This recipe is a study in simplicity. It shows how the clean, crisp tastes of pork and peaches combine for an incredible dish. Agrodolce (agro: sour; dolce: sweet), a traditional Italian sweet-and-sour sauce made with vinegar and sugar (or sweet ingredients such as fresh peaches), adds fresh summer flavor to the granddaddy of all pork chops. The pork itself is grilled with just a little olive oil, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper, allowing the peach agrodolce to really infuse the meat with its subtle yet sophisticated flavors. Every bite is a combination of smoky richness and sweet fruitiness. What balance this dish has. You'll revel in every mouthful.
Southern Peach-and-Blueberry Shortcakes
With just a hint of sugar, these dense shortcakes allow the natural sweetness of peaches and blueberries to shine. There is also just a little hint of nutmeg, which gives them just a touch of holiday spice any time of year. Make a show-stopping presentation for this individual dessert by topping these Southern Peach-and-Blueberry Shortcakes with whipped cream, chopped toasted pecans, and fresh mint sprigs. Everyone will love the sweet taste of the sugar-coated berries, the fluffy cream, and—if you include it—the flavor and aroma of the almond liqueur. These shortcakes won't leave you short in the flavor department.
Grilled Peaches with Blackberry-Basil Butter
Few things enhance the flavor of juicy peaches better than the smoky flavor from the grill, and these peaches will look just as beautiful as they taste delicious. Grill the halves, and they will come off sweet, succulent, and savory all at the same time. A simple blackberry-basil butter will complement the sweetness of the peaches and in just the right hint of saltiness thanks to the fresh basil. Think of this as the perfect side for any summer supper, whether it is the taste of a great pork tenderloin or some other quick-fix dinner that you are sharing with family and friends around the table.
Carolina Peach Sangria
Recipe: Carolina Peach Sangria
These may not be the first fruit that come to mind when you think of this drink, but peaches put a Southern twist on this classic sparkling cocktail. And, according to our online reviewers, it sure is a good fit. Says "bigalotbunches": "I make this for all my get togethers. It's always a hit. Tastes good when you first make it. Tastes better if you let it sit." Her in the South we're not in a hurry, so make the sangria the day before to allow the flavors to blend. Let it "set a spell," as it were. Then, when you're ready to share it with guests, garnish it with some fresh mint, and delight in every sip.
Peach-Blackberry-Yogurt Fruit Cups
You only need five simple ingredients to enjoy this simple, no-cook dish today for a refreshing snack or as a delicious dessert. Our Test Kitchen suggests that you use Greek yogurt since it provides a creamy richness that will remind you of ice cream, but without all the sugar. This combination of juicy fresh fruits will delight your taste buds with little accompaniment. Just mix together peaches, blackberries, yogurt, and granola—then drizzle a little honey on top—for the perfect, healthy breakfast or snack. You'll love this all season, especially when the flavors of summer are at their fresh, ripe, and juicy best.
Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread
Recipe: Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread
While most of these breads would be familiar on their own—think carrot, or pecan—it's when you add in the peaches that this recipe gets really interesting. It gets so interesting, in fact, that this recipe won first place in a peach cooking contest. That's because you don't normally expect to find peaches baked into bread, but once you've had a bite of this delicious baked delight you'll wonder how you got by for so long without it. Think of this aromatic recipe as a twist on classic carrot cake with pecans and peaches. It is fragrant with the aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon, crunchy with the pecans, and sweet with the carrots and peaches. You'll love every mouthful.
Peach-Cinnamon Ice Cream
Recipe: Peach-Cinnamon Ice Cream
This is a sweet, refreshing treat that captures the true spirit of summer. You'll love the combination of fresh peach flavors enhanced with the subtle sweetness of peach nectar, and then given just the right amount of heat with cinnamon. It also adds an earthy spice to the flavor of peaches and cream. You'll love how rich, smooth, and creamy this ice cream becomes, and how delicious it is scooped fresh out of the freezer. Pile your bowls and cones high. Garnish the bowls with freshly sliced peaches—try to be sure the cones don't drip down the sides!
Recipe: Peach-Nectarine Tart
Fresh peaches and nectarines feature in this company-worthy tart. Peeling the fruit will take some time, but refrigerated piecrusts speed things up. Better still, you can bake this on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so you won't even need a tart pan. You'll love the simplicity of how this dessert looks, but the flavor will be even more delightful. Once you've drizzled some hot nectarine-peach liquid over the top, this Peach-Nectarine Tart is good to go. Serve it with a huge dollop of Sweet Cream Topping, or a great big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
So-Easy Peach Cobbler
Recipe: So-Easy Peach Cobbler
This super-quick recipe really is so easy to make. It serves the traditional blend of cooked peaches and sugar in individual ramekins that are topped with crisp rounds of pie crust. You get all the delectable taste of peach cobbler you love, but in single-serve, grab-and-go portions that are perfect for a weeknight treat or small dinner party. This recipe makes six servings, so increase it as you need, or make it as-is and have a few left over to enjoy for breakfast of for a decadent midnight snack. Whatever time of day or night you devour this, you'll love our So-Easy Peach Cobbler.
Peach Brûlée with Honey Crème Anglaise
Sometimes the most delicious recipes are also the simplest, and this is an example of how a little time in the kitchen can result in incredible tastes and tantalizingly sweet flavors. This enticing dessert is surprisingly easy to make! Start with a few peaches, some butter, sugar, and sugar. Broil the peach halves that have been brushed with butter and sugar, and they emerge from the oven hot, sweet, and caramelized, enhancing their already incredible taste. They only get better when you serve them with a simple Honey Crème Anglaise. One reviewer put it simply: "This is absolutely fantastic! Easy to make, wonderful presentation, tastes fabulous."
Grilled Peach-and-Mozzarella Salad
Think of this as a peach twist on a classic caprese salad. Instead of vine-ripe tomatoes, you'll be pairing mozzarella with the sweet taste of fresh peaches. Then, to amp it up even further, these will be heated on the grill. The sliced grilled peaches stacked with mozzarella make a beautiful presentation. The salad is topped off with a lime-peach vinaigrette that gets a little heat from some ground cumin, a little chili powder, and—should you choose—a touch of tequila. The sweet peaches, slightly salty mozzarella, and spicy vinaigrette combine to bring the perfect flavors together in every mouthwatering bite.
Georgia Peach Trifle
Recipe: Georgia Peach Trifle
Trifle may be a traditional dessert, but this Georgia Peach Trifle brings a true Southern flair, and some distinctly Southern flavors, to this sweet favorite. It starts with layers of pound cake—perfect for soaking up a drizzle of our favorite Southern spirit, bourbon. Then, juicy peaches and creamy vanilla pudding meld together in layer upon layer of elegance. This presentation is beautiful, but it will be the bourbon-peach combination, and the cake and pudding textures, that have everyone coming back for seconds. This dessert will be sweet like a Georgia peach, and just a little decadent.
Cocoa Bread With Stewed Yard Peaches
The right balance of cocoa and cinnamon makes this light bread taste like chocolate gingerbread without the ginger. It is packed with molasses and unsweetened cocoa, giving it a rich, dark color, and a subtle, sweet flavor that isn't overpowering. The delightful combination of molasses and cocoa tasted even better when you add in some cooked, sweetened peaches, which is precisely what this recipe does. And no, you don't actually have to get the peaches from your yard. In fact, you can substitute two bags of frozen sliced peaches if they are out of season or you can't easily access fresh peaches in your area.
Fresh Peach Salsa
Recipe: Fresh Peach Salsa
Add fresh, fruity flavor to grilled chicken, fish, or baked pita chips for a snack with this versatile salsa. Sautéing peaches with the sweet onions and jalapeño intensifies and combines all of the sweet and spicy flavors, making each both unified and unique. You'll love the extra little bite you get from the two tablespoons of grated ginger, and the extra bit of refreshment you get from the chopped cilantro. This Fresh Peach Salsa will store in the refrigerator for up to two days, so you can make it ahead if you like. Serve it warm, or at room temperature, and delight in every sweet-yet-so-spicy mouthful.
Summer Grilled Peach Salad
Recipe: Summer Grilled Peach Salad
Grilled peaches served atop a bed of arugula make for a great summertime salad. This recipe adds in more unexpected flavors. Gorgonzola cheese is a creamy, rich, and salty addition that gets grilled into the center of every peach. Toasted pecans bring in nutty goodness and a welcome crunch when they are sprinkled on top of the peach-and-gorgonzola combination, but everything is brought together when sweet honey is drizzled on top. Finally, to add that little spice, fresh, chopped chives are sprinkled over it all, giving this Summer Grilled Peach Salad tastes that are sweet, smoky, toasty, and spicy in each mouthwatering bite.
Recipe: Peach Mojitos
Enjoy this sparkling cooler all summer long. Peaches, sugar, and lemon juice combine to form the base of this summertime thirst-quencher. This mixture gets stirred with a simple combination of club soda and white rum to make a light, refreshing, and delightful beverage that you can garnish with fresh mint sprigs or peach wedges. If you haven't done it before, don't be afraid of muddling the mint. It is very easy: you just use the back of a wooden spoon. Let the flavors and aromas of mint loose in the pitcher, mix everything else in, and enjoy a sip of sweet, sour, and spicy Peach Mojitos that you'll slurp up.
Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce
Pork chops are great on the grill, and having the perfect barbecue sauce is certainly a matter of Southern pride. This recipe brings the seasonal flavors of the South to the table with a great combination of smokiness and sweetness that is balanced yet bold. The brown sugar marinade caramelizes beautifully on the pork chops when you grill them, and the peach barbecue sauce with fragrant fresh ginger is a perfect match. Apart from the ginger, the secrets here are the garlic, the peach preserves, and the apple cider vinegar. This combination is the perfect combination of tart and sweet to give that barbecue a great, saucy glaze. Guests will wonder what this sensational sauce is: whether or not you share your new secret recipe is up to you.
Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt
Gazpacho—a classic chilled soup—is the perfect dish to beat the summer heat, and this Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt captures summer in a bowl. It is light and refreshing, and it has the perfect balance of sweet peaches and ripe tomatoes, as well as a little spice from ground white pepper, some chopped fresh chives, and minced garlic. You can chill this as little as an hour, or as much as a day. Depending on how far in advance you prepare this, you may need to check the seasonings. Regardless of how this dish comes to the table, guests will love its refreshing combination of flavors, and enjoy the idea of a cold, refreshing soup on a hot summer day, or as they ease into the relaxing feelings of a cool summer evening.
Crab Salad with Peaches and Avocados
This salad combines the richness of crab and avocados with the sweetness of peaches. It starts with fresh jumbo lump crabmeat and some diced fresh avocado. A finely diced jalapeño pepper brings the heat to the fresh crab, while the mayo mixture keeps everything in check. To assemble this salad, everything is layered one on top of the other. You'll love the combination of flavors from the sweet peaches to the creamy avocados to the rich, sweet crabmeat. The crab salad can be made ahead, but the avocado and peach layers are best prepared just before serving.
Country Ham-and-Peach Panini
Recipe: Country Ham-and-Peach Panini
Reviewers absolutely love this sandwich, leading one to remark that it was a "great summer lunch or light supper." For these sandwiches, it's best to use very thinly sliced ham, not thick ham steaks. Ask your deli to slice it, or look for a packet of center- and end-cut slices, which tend to be smaller. You'll love the taste of ciabatta bread, but if you can't find it you can substitute any firm white bread. The treat here is the sweet taste of sliced peaches—they offset the subtle saltiness of the ham and the fontina cheese, so that even if you don't use the honey you'll find this a well-balanced delight.
Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts
Recipe: Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts
This recipe begins by browning the chicken in a skillet on the stovetop, and then cooking the shallots in the drippings while the chicken gets cooked in the oven. Starting the chicken on the stovetop and finishing in the oven helps prevent dry, overcooked chicken. The flavorful juices make a fresh and clean sauce—much lighter than a flour-thickened gravy. The chicken gets baked with the sliced peaches, giving it a savory-sweet flavor. Serve this with steamed rice, couscous, or quinoa for a simple summer meal. You'll love the juices, so save them to serve over whatever grain you choose.
Recipe: Peach-Pecan Rugelach
Rugelach are small crescent-shaped cookies that are made with cream cheese dough around various fillings. As the name suggests, our Peach-Pecan Rugelach are filled with peach preserves and chopped pecans. These are topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon-and-sugar mixture, then baked for 15 to 20 minutes. Let these cool completely—if you can—before digging in to these great sweet-and-nutty treats. The taste of toasted pecans mixed with the delicate sweetness of peach preserves will make this one of your favorite go-to treats. This recipe makes about 5-dozen, which should be just enough to share with family and friends!
Governor's Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch
Tea, peach nectar, ginger ale, lemonade, and club soda all come together to create this refreshing summer drink that is absolutely perfect for a hot Southern day. This recipe makes about a gallon, but you can double it as you need to depending on the size of your gathering. What's so great about this Governor's Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch is that it brings together so many of the great tastes of the South, including peaches and tea—and what could be more Southern than those? Grab a tall glass, fill it with ice, and get ready to garnish it with fresh peach slices for a pretty finish.
Peach Melba Shortbread Bars
Recipe: Peach Melba Shortbread Bars
These simple-to-make Peach Melba Shortbread Bars combine the sweetness of peach preserves with the slight tartness of raspberry preserves, and the toasted nuttiness of almonds that cook to a golden brown on top. Once these have cooled, you can give them a dusting of powdered sugar. Leave these chewy squares unattended and they'll disappear faster than you can say "But those were for the bake sale!" The powdered sugar may be a giveaway—or just double the recipe and have one at home to enjoy. You'll love every sweet bite.
Grilled Tomato-Peach Pizza
Recipe: Grilled Tomato-Peach Pizza
Start this with the simplicity of bakery pizza dough and you will be savoring the tastes of a just-off-the-grill slice in a matter of minutes. If you haven't grilled pizza before, you'll love the smoky flavor and crisp texture you get from getting one of these on the grates. Pre-grill the peaches, then get the crust going. In a few minutes, it is ready to be topped. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella slices, juicy peaches, and basil are all cooked to perfection in about five minutes for this easy pizza that is sweet, salty, and spicy. Slice and serve: what could be better?
Recipe: Pineapple-Peach Punch
This adult-only punch is a great summer refresher. It combines the great taste of pineapples with the sweet taste of peaches, then adds some great extra flavors in. Cream of coconut makes this punch rich—think piña colada—while the apricot nectar makes it even more seasonal and summery. This makes a great virgin punch too; simply substitute an additional liter of club soda for the vodka. You'll love the fizz and bubble of this drink. Settle in for the sparkle of a summer evening with a glass of Pineapple-Peach Punch.
Buttermilk Peach Pudding
Recipe: Buttermilk Peach Pudding
You'll simply adore the combination of chopped and sliced peaches that go into making up this delicious treat. The chopped peaches form the foundation of a beautiful batter that gets poured over the peach slices. It bakes to a moist taste sensation delicately seasoned with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. This juicy peach pudding recipe is perfect for a picnic or outdoor patio setting. Serve it warm or cold, but either way be sure to serve it with ice cream. The vanilla is, literally, the cream on the cake—or pudding, as it were.
Recipe: Peach-Oat Muffins
These muffins are loaded with lots of delicious treats that make up a well-rounded breakfast: fiber and whole grains from oats and bran cereal, good fats from pecans and canola oil, dairy from nonfat buttermilk, and fruit from dried peaches. Put them all together and all you will know is how good it tastes—that it happens to be good for you is just a bonus. You'll love the aroma of the pecans that are toasted before they go into the batter, and the combination of sweet peach nectar and dried peaches. This recipe makes two-dozen muffins, so there should be plenty to share or to have for an afternoon snack or a late-night treat.
Fresh Peach-Basil Vinaigrette
Recipe: Fresh Peach-Basil Vinaigrette
Peach and basil pair incredibly well, and they are refreshing summer that you can pair with many of your other summer favorites. Whisk the two together with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil to get this delicious topping for summer salads, grilled meats, or other summer fruits. You might also toss this vinaigrette on some fresh summer tomatoes straight from the farmers' market, or on a succulent, green spinach salad. Since there is no cook time, you can whip up this recipe for lunch, or have it ready in a snap for an impromptu dinner party. Just think of the possibilities!
Sweet Peach Pancakes
Recipe: Sweet Peach Pancakes
Call them what you will—hotcakes, flapjacks, Johnnycakes, griddle cakes—we here in the South will call these delights Sweet Peach Pancakes. If you are hosting a brunch, these treats are perfect. For a pretty presentation, place your peach slices in the skillet, then ladle your batter over them rather than dicing the peaches right into the batter. Your guests will be impressed with how they look, but they'll be amazed by how they taste. Summer will have never tasted so good, and flavor will have never been stacked so high. Dollop on some sweetened whipped cream, drizzle on a little syrup, toss in some mint, and enjoy these Sweet Peach Pancakes.
Georgia Peach Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Georgia Peach Deviled Eggs
Eggs aren't as sinful as you may think, deviled or not. In fact, they're low in saturated fat and a good source of calcium-friendly Vitamin D. So enjoy these peachy deviled eggs without the guilt. These are mixed with Greek yogurt, lower-fat cream cheese, and delicious ingredients that include ham, peaches, parsley, Vidalia onion, and Dijon mustard. They're also topped with some sliced fresh peaches—in case you weren't sure they were Southern, but also to give a little more sweetness—and the crunchy nuttiness of some toasted pecans. You'll feel devilish indeed with every delicious bite.
Vidalia Onion & Peach Relish
Recipe: Vidalia Onion & Peach Relish
This recipe is as much about gifting as it is about delicious peach goodness. It brings together two classic flavors of the South—Vidalia onions and peaches—in a single bite. You will need a canner, jar lifter, and canning rack to put this together, but it will be well worth the effort. Look for a 9- or 12-piece canning kit, which will include all of these pieces and more. Then, you can get this beautiful but down-home look by using decorative craft paper and homemade gift tags. They add a touch of charm to canned gifts—slip a serving spoon into the twine for extra thoughtfulness.
Watermelon-Peach Salsa and Tomatoes
You'll feel like you've reinvented the fruit cocktail from the moment you have your first bite of this Watermelon-Peach Salsa and Tomatoes filled with hot pepper jelly, watermelon, peaches, herbs, and tomatoes. The star here is some hot pepper jelly, but it gets its heat cooled by the seeded and diced fresh watermelon. Then, fresh peaches and basil step in to cool this delight down just a little more. It brings just the right amount of sweet versus heat with every mouthful. In the words of one reviewer, "Fantastic!" We agree, and you will too, since it brings together the fresh tastes of the season in such unexpected ways.
Sweet Tea Rice with Jalapeño, Peaches, and Pecans
Incorporate the South's house wine—no, it's not moonshine—with the heat from jalapeños for a delicious twist on this side plate staple. This side dish has everything. It gets some sweetness from two cups of sweetened tea, plus a large, fresh peach. Add in a little heat courtesy of a large jalapeño and some chopped fresh chives. The crunch comes courtesy of the South's favorite nut, the pecan, which is here toasted to perfection in a little butter, making it both rich and fragrant. Stir everything else in, and enjoy this combination of textures, tastes, sensations, and flavors.
Recipe: Peach-Pecan Muffins
These muffins, topped with pecan streusel, will surely be a crowd pleaser. The crunchy pecan streusel topping is a delightful mix of nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The muffins bring the flavors of cinnamon and peaches. When you combine the two, you get the soft, moist tastes of the fresh-from-the-oven biscuits with the crispy, sweet, and crunchy delight of the nutty-sweet streusel topping. Our reviewer "Dawn" remarked that these are "a keeper for sure!" Another shared her sentiment, putting it very simply: "omg these are really really YUMMY!" We agree. These Pecan-Peach Muffins are yummy indeed!
Peach-and-Toasted Pecan Ice Cream
This homemade summertime treat is packed with two Southern favorites: refreshing peaches and nutty pecans. The sweet peaches add great texture, and the pecans pack in a crunchy bite to this ice cream recipe. This recipe is rich with heavy whipping cream and butter, and full-flavored with the bold and distinctive notes of vanilla bean paste. If you don't have vanilla bean paste, you can substitute vanilla extract. However you have your vanilla, the true focus of this ice cream will be the peaches and nuts, and both of these are fantastic—fresh peaches and toasted pecans coming together in every single frosty, frozen bite. Savor this for summer.
Sour Cream Pound Cake with Fresh Peaches
Pound cakes are Southern favorites, so having one to enjoy for summer family gatherings, suppers, and parties is a great idea. We love this classic pound cake recipe for its tender crumb. To tap into summer flavor, we’ve paired this recipe with sweetened cream and fresh sliced peaches from our local farm stand. The distinctive flavor here comes from sour cream, which mixes into the batter to create a rich, full taste. Both almond and lemon extracts add their subtle and distinct flavors as well. You'll love how simple and sweet every slice of this Sour Cream Pound Cake with Fresh Peaches is.
Recipe: Tomato-Peach Preserves
With tastes of the summer this good, you'll definitely want to find a way to enjoy these flavors longer and longer. This Tomato-Peach Preserves is just what is needed. It is lightly seasoned, with a little minced fresh rosemary and just a touch of freshly ground pepper, but it is the push and pull of the peaches and plum tomatoes that truly bring this recipe together. This salty-sweet preserves pairs perfectly with goat cheese crostini, or try it on top of a grilled flank steak or turkey burgers. This stores well in the refrigerator, so prepare it now and enjoy it for up to three weeks.
Roasted Pork Belly with Late Harvest-Peaches and Arugula
This roasted pork belly is succulent and full of natural flavors. Once it comes out of the oven, the peaches and arugula— seasoned with sherry vinegar, honey, and fresh thyme—get cooked in a little pork drippings, giving it a rich, full, slightly smoky flavor that blends incredibly well with the natural sweetness of the fruit. Serve everything warm, and you will be overwhelmed by the incredible way these flavors meld into an incredible combination of sweet and savory. Let pork belly, seasoned with the taste of fresh, seasonal peaches.be your newfound favorite meat that goes fresh from the butcher to your table.
Recipe: Peach-Rhubarb Crisp
You will love how these two flavors combine in this one fantastic dessert. Rhubarb adds a fresh, tart taste to this crisp, while the peaches bring in a delicious sweetness. The crisp has a simple topping sprinkled over the top, then baked to bubbly perfection. This dish is best when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, so grab a gallon of your favorite frozen treat and dollop one on top before digging in. To keep the calorie count low, use low-fat ice cream, vanilla yogurt, or low-fat whipped cream.
Peach and Pork Kabobs
Recipe: Peach and Pork Kabobs
Grab the skewers, fire up the grill, and enjoy these easy and delicious kabobs. They are easy to prepare, and great for any night of the week. The pork marinates in a mixture of bourbon, lemon juice, and garlic. This gives the meat a unique flavor that is only enhanced when you brush the sauce on as everything cooks on the grill. You'll love the tender meat, the crisp bell pepper, and the aroma of fresh rosemary—the peaches, turning sweet in the heat, won't be so bad either. This is a great Southern summer kabob. Enjoy every mouthful.
Peach Upside-Down Cake
Recipe: Peach Upside-Down Cake
Peaches will turn your world right side up just when this cake turns your appetite upside-down. Nothing is better than peaches married with tender, moist cake. Be sure to use cake flour—not self-rising—for this recipe. The flavors that combine to make this cake are fantastic on their own—vanilla beans and sour cream are just two—but it is the peaches that are the true star here, coated in caramelized sugar and cooked to what becomes golden-brown perfection. Whether you top this with sweetened whipped cream or not is up to you: it is hard to make this better, but the whipped cream just might push this over the edge.
Recipe: Riesling Peaches
Think of these as the foundation for any number of great summer dishes. These sweet gems pair perfectly with cured meats that you can spoon over torn bread and top with a little Dijon mustard. They work double-duty as a final flourish spooned over our irresistible homemade Buttermilk Ice Cream. Or, make a simple peach shortcake by sandwiching the peaches in a warm scone with sweetened whipped cream. If you prefer, you can swap in any summer fruit, and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary for the thyme, if desired.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Fruit Salad
This colorful dish captures the best flavors of summer on one cool platter. A fresh basil dressing spiked with orange marmalade merges the sweet with the savory. This dish brings together so many of our favorite flavors of summer, including fresh watermelon, fresh peaches, and green tomatoes. It also includes heirloom tomatoes, honeydew melons, and nectarines. This is a citrus, melon, and fruit fantasia. You'll love how the Basil-Orange Vinaigrette brings in just the right amount of tart to cut the sweet back just a touch. Prepare to bite into the summer with a fork filled with Tomato-and-Fruit Salad.
Recipe: Patchwork Cobbler
The only thing patchwork about this cobbler is the patterned squares of pastry that make up its beautiful and delicious sugar-crusted top. Online reviewers love how this looks as much as they love how it tastes. In the words of one online reviewer, "the crust was worth the effort." Once you have your first bite of crisp, crunchy, and fruity cobbler you'll think so too. Filled with peaches, plums, and blueberries, this is a patchwork of wonderful flavors and tastes. Let this patch together your summer evening with a symphony of sensations.
Watch Us Make It: Patchwork Cobbler
Two-Step Fresh Peach Pound Cake
Recipe: Two-Step Fresh Peach Pound Cake
Turn out a high-rise cake with a moist, tender crumb by layering the ingredients in the bowl in the order specified. If you don't have a stand mixer with a 4-qt. bowl and paddle attachment, you can prepare the batter the traditional way. However you get this cake ready to go into the oven, its combination of peaches and peach schnapps will emerge from the oven a sweet, moist, sensational cake that will be amazing when it cools and can be sliced and served. Of course it will be difficult to wait, but the wait will be worth the effort—and the waiting, not the baking, may well be the hardest part. Eating this delicious cake is easy.
Frozen Peach Old Fashioneds
Recipe: Frozen Peach Old Fashioneds
Southerners love a good drink to beat the summer heat, and this drink is the right fashion without being old-fashioned. A bracing mix of frozen peach slices, peach nectar, peach sorbet, bourbon, and orange bitters all combine to create a glass full of cool wonder. Top these with some fresh mint sprigs, some peach slices, or both. Served ice cold, these refreshing cocktails keep your guests cool. This will have everyone chilled out in a matter of minutes, and have the party heating up with fun. Doesn't seem too old-fashioned after all, does it?
Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars
Recipe: Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars
Looking for a party-perfect treat that's a cut above the classic fruit-filled cobbler? Consider it found. These Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars are a bite-sized, grab-and-go favorite that get rave reviews from our online reviewers. Fresh blackberries and fresh firm, ripe peaches get baked together into a bar that is topped with a crunchy pecan streusel. Given that a little bourbon is mixed in, this dessert checks many of the boxes for our favorite things: bourbon, pecans, and peaches, making it an instant Southern classic. You'll think so to from the moment you have your first bite. Grab a bar and settle in for a sweet treat.
Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls
Recipe: Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls
These Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls are delicious, and make a perfect finger food. There is no need to break a sweat assembling all the rolls yourself. Make a small batch to kick-start the party, then offer a platter of the fresh ingredients—including fresh peaches, cucumber, avocado, and pork—with the dipping sauce so guests can build their own. Just dip the rice paper sheets in hot water as directed, and wrap with a damp towel to keep them soft. Look for rice paper rounds in the international aisle of large grocery stores or Asian markets. Guests will love the Sweet Pepper-Peanut Sauce that brings just the right amount of heat and crunch to this sweet barbecue peach roll. Roll on up and dig right in.
Macerated Peaches with Ancho-Cinnamon Sugar
Once you've made a batch of this you will wonder how you got by for so long without it. Spoon this incredibly versatile and saucy condiment over vanilla ice cream for an easy summer dessert. Or use it as a topper for pound cake or oatmeal, or as the filling for a cobbler or tart. Bonus: It’s also a flavorful accompaniment to grilled meats. However you prefer your Macerated Peaches with Ancho-Cinnamon Sugar, you'll love the combination of spicy and sweet that you get in every single bite. As one reviewer remarked, this is a "really unique dessert. My guests loved it." We are sure yours will too.
Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
This recipe is all about how the ingredients come together, and here the stars are the hot jalapeño pepper jelly and the peeled and diced ripe peach. Put these two together, and you have the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Indulgent, fresh, and easy as pie, this summer version of baked Brie won raves in the Southern Living Test Kitchen. Can't find Brie packed in a wooden box? Simply bake the cheese in a small pie plate or baking dish. If you make this in the box, transfer it to a platter before serving. Choose your favorite crackers, and this decadent delight will warm your guests' palates with the sweet heat and taste of jalapeños and peaches.
Riesling-Poached Peaches and Cherries
When working with a limited palette, good ingredients make all the difference. We call for vanilla beans here because they impart fragrance and thousands of tiny, flavorful specks. They're worth the splurge, but feel free to substitute 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract for the beans. And if you like, trade the homemade whipped cream for a scoop of ice cream. What's so beautiful about this dish is how it is presented: peaches and cherries that have soaked in a beautiful Riesling mixture are dolloped with whipped cream. They look gorgeous and taste even better.
Recipe: Peach-Berry Crumble
Sweets are a treat but sometimes you don't have time to be tied to the kitchen. We love this recipe because it's easy enough for busy, weeknight cooking; pop the crumble in the oven when you serve dinner and it'll be ready in about 40 minutes. Blueberries or raspberries may be substituted for the blackberries. Reviewers agree that this is the perfect, easy weeknight dessert. "Bookgirl67" remarked that it was amazing and "super easy to throw together." You'll find that it is simple, sweet, and sensational, so don't hesitate to get this Peach-Berry Crumble in the oven any night of the week.
Grilled Pork Chops with Blueberry-Peach Salsa
Grilling meat to tender perfection while ensuring it doesn't get tough seems like a challenge, but a few simple steps can help to ensure your meat comes off the grill juicy and ready to devour. Go for bone-in center loin chops or loin chops at least 1½ inches thick. Meatier chops ensure a good char while the inside cooks through. Top these chops with our Blueberry-Peach Salsa, a treat that includes chopped and whole blueberries as well as finely diced peaches. Hot pepper jelly may bring a little heat, so be ready. This salsa goes great with grilled meats, so it may become one of your go-to favorites.