Love to garden? Love to grill? This summer, combine your two passions for a fresh, vibrant meal that’s sure to please.
At Peach Valley, grilled produce has long been a staple in our kitchen. Not only does it give us a chance to work with fresh ingredients in an exciting, unexpected way, but it can’t help but enhance the flavors of grilled dishes—especially in the summertime, when you crave a crunch and touch of that sweet-yet-smoky flavor backyard cookouts are known for.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at grilled fruits and veggies—how to enjoy them at home, and the Peach Valley picks we’re crazy about. Just read on!
There are so many reasons to fire up fruits and veggies on the grill this summer… and that classically fresh taste is just one of them. We like grilling produce because the cooking process uses dry heat in a way that caramelizes the sugars naturally in your favorite produce, resulting in a sweeter, more flavorful experience than you can achieve through boiling or other methods. In addition to that sweetness, the grilling process produces a bit of smokiness that can really complement the meat you use in burgers, wraps or salads.
Because the grilling method does not cook your produce from the inside out, it preserves the nutrients that are sometimes lost when you steam or boil a veggie—another reason you can feel good about digging in!
Ultimately, fruits and veggies are only good for you if you actually eat them! So anything that helps make them taste even better and more exciting is a worthwhile idea, in our book.
Our Peach Valley Picks
To indulge in the sweet, smoky goodness of grilled produce this summer, why not start at Peach Valley? Here are a few of our favorites…
- Vegetable & Egg Croissant Benedict: This delicious dish is for those who prefer their Egg’s Benedict with a fresh veggie kick. The grilled tomato and red onions provide a sweet, smoky touch, which plays off nicely against the warm, flaky croissant and classic poached eggs.
- Grilled Asparagus: We love the earthy flavor of asparagus—even more so when it comes with a satisfying crunch. Pair this tasty side with your breakfast or lunch entrée for a meal you’ll love.
- Philly Cheese Steak: This East Coast sandwich is a classic for a reason! Our Philly Cheese Steak is famous for its hearty, Philly shaved ribeye, but the flavor is rounded out by grilled mushrooms, onions and peppers. The result? A warm, tender meal whose veggie add-ons convey a pleasant, fresh-from-the-grill heat.
Try it at home
Grilled produce is so delicious that you’ll want to enjoy it at home, too. If you’ve got a green thumb, a backyard cookout replete with grilled fruits and veggies is a great way to put your fresh produce to good use! Finding the right freshness matters—you want ingredients that are just ripe enough, so that they can hold up their shape on the grill.
To ensure that the sugars from the produce do not stick to the grill, you can use a butter coating (or nonstick spray if you prefer a leaner dish). Skewers can help hold together individual bits, which can be especially helpful if the fruit or veggie pieces are too small to stand on their own.
Since fruits are often eaten raw anyway, you can save them for last. Sturdier fruits like watermelon are especially popular on the grill, as they can be cut into large wedges and heated up with ease. Pair them with a citrusy rub to play off the melon’s natural sweetness, then serve with mint and enjoy!
When it comes time to clean the grill, many people actually recommend giving the grill a quick scrub-around… with an onion! Use any leftover onion halves you may have lying around, then place it on the grill, “face” down, while it’s still warm. Stick a fork in it and move it around to break down some of those bits that are still on the grill. It’s a great way to make your produce go even further!
Craving the “kick” that comes with grilled fruits and veggies—or searching for inspiration for your next backyard barbecue? Come down to Peach Valley and discover a dish you’re sure to love.