Monday, July 21

Grilled Peach & Honey Mascarpone Toasts

This quick and easy toast makes a great breakfast, snack, or party appetizer

Grilled Peach and Honey Mascarpone Cheese Toasts

This recipe was born from a fridge full of the best odds and ends - a wedge of good bread, a ripe summer peach, a bit of mascarpone cheese - that I wanted to use up before a weekend trip to San Francisco. The bread and peach get toasted on the grill together (I actually used a grill pan because I didn't feel like going through the hassle of lighting our big outdoor grill for such a quick dish) which brings out the sugars in the fruit and crisps up the toast. The mascarpone adds a creaminess and the honey adds sweetness, making for a perfect bite. We ate this for breakfast, but it's just as practical to have as a midday snack, party appetizer, or even a simple dessert. Try different variations by swapping the peaches for nectarines, apricots, or plums, and the mascarpone for cream cheese or ricotta.

Splurge on good honey: I used a local wildflower honey for this toast and it made all the difference in the world. Unlike most grocery store honeys, this one was as thick and dark as caramel sauce. It's worth the splurge for a local honey and it will keep in the pantry for years because honey never goes bad!

More Toast Recipes:
- Smoked Salmon Tartines with Fried Capers
- Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini
- Borlotti Beans on Garlic Toasts

Grilled Peach & Honey Mascarpone Toasts:

  • Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.
  • Lightly brush a 1" thick slice of country-style bread with canola oil.
  • Cut a peach in half, remove the pit, and brush with canola oil.
  • Grill the bread and peach for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until the bread is toasted and the peach has caramelized.
  • Slice the peach into wedges.
  • Spread a layer of mascarpone cheese on the bread, then drizzle with honey and top with some of the sliced peaches.

Make as many as you want