grilled peaches with a balsamic vinegar reduction

As I’ve mentioned before, I have serious cravings for sweets.  Cakes, cookies, pies, tarts…I could eat these every day.  No lie.  And have you ever noticed that when you’re craving a brownie and you end up eating an apple instead, it just isn’t as satisfying? 

Now let me just say this.  I know there isn’t anything wrong with indulging once in a while.  But that’s just it.  “Once in a while” isn’t good enough for me.  These are daily cravings, people!

But I think I’ve figured it out.  In order to replace something unhealthy with something healthy, you need to dress it up a little so that it resembles something unhealthy (but it’s really not).  Got that?

Take a peach.  Grill it. Drizzle some sweet, tarty balsamic vinegar over it and you have yourself a simple but satisfying dessert.  The heat (along with optional whipped cream) tricks my brain into thinking I’m eating a slightly more savory, warm peach cobbler!

Grilled peaches with balsamic vinegar reduction
1 peach, halved and pitted1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of unsalted butter, melted
Sprinkle of raw sugar
Whipped cream, to taste.

Preheat grill to 300 degrees.
Pour vinegar into small saucepan and heat on high over stove.  Stir continuously until the vinegar becomes syrupy.  Set aside.
Lightly brush melted butter over cut sides of the peach.
Sprinkle just a bit of raw sugar over the cut sides.
Place flat on grill for 2-4 minutes.
Place peach halves on plate, pour a bit of whipped cream in the middle and drizzle vinegar over fruit. 

*A note about this recipe: the peach should be firm, but not too hard (just before it’s fully ripened).  It’s going to be difficult to de-pit and grill a very soft peach. 

*If you have leftover balsamic vinegar, you can save it for strawberries and goat cheese or a salad!

And I’m so not kidding about the peach cobbler thing.  

-jillian m.

15 responses to “grilled peaches with a balsamic vinegar reduction”

  1. Alexa says:

    I can't wait to try this! I have the same problem — I seriously need a treat daily. This is a great idea! And so perfect for summer, too!

  2. Felicia says:

    I keep on forgetting to try out balsamic vinegar with fruit. Thank you for reminding me! Grilled peaches with balsamic looks so delicious!

  3. Caroline says:

    I make a killer vinaigrette that I soak strawberries in. And, by far, my favorite salad is a strawberry salad with mounds of spinach, drizzled with balsamic. MMMM! Those peaches look tasty!!!! XO!

  4. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    oh marvelous. balsamic vinegar is amazing for bringing out the flavour of strawberries, i didn't know it worked well with peaches too. i just had stewed peaches for breakfast, i'll try it again as a dessert with vinegar.

  5. Ana Degenaar says:

    That looks beyond delicious, I want some!
    Happy day, friend!

  6. sherri lynn says:

    This looks so good! I've never had a grilled peach but now am dying to try!

  7. Gloria says:

    this looks amazing!! i've been getting an itchy feeling in my mouth whenever i eat fresh peaches – sooo sad since i love them. i wonder if grilling them first will make any difference…

  8. Aquí says:

    this looks heavenly! I love balsamic reduction with fruits!

  9. Aquí says:

    this looks heavenly! I love balsamic reduction with fruits!

  10. la petite coquine says:

    Holy mother does this look delicious. WOW!

  11. Hope Adela Pasztor says:

    ohhh wow that looks so succulent! =)

  12. Indie.Tea says:

    First of all, your grilled peaches look perfect. The grill marks are so nice, and they turned out so beautiful. And they sound delicious too.
    I often do the same – dress up something and eat it to satisfy a sugar/fat craving. My favorite is yogurt with honey and/or fruit and/or a bit of granola. Or fruit with a tiny spoon of cream.

  13. Meghan @ Wishful Thinking says:

    You had me at peaches. I can't get enough of them!

  14. Fashion Meets Food says:

    Oh my goodness!!! How absolutely fabulous and delish does this look. Definitely making it this weekend! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower


  15. Sandy a la Mode says:

    omg i want to try this right now!! your photos are just fantastic! new follower here!!

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