While grilling stone fruits sounds complicated, a little high brow, and perhaps due to their textures a little, as the kids say, sketchy, grilling stone fruits is surprisingly simple and adds new dimension to many old favorites including: Peaches and vanilla ice-cream, s'more's, and of course grilled seafood, pork and chicken.
In fact, grill some nectarines with your pork tenderloin and serve with a fresh salad and you have a meal that can rival food served at any restaurant these days. Here are the basics to grilling stone fruits. We will be including recipes in the coming weeks to help you along but be experimental, have fun and get your grill on.
First, Choose firm yet ripe stone fruits (of course we are partial to our Fruitshare organic brand). Cut in half and remove the pit. This is easier with freestone varieties—but don't worry. These taste great and look fine even if they are not perfect looking! Apricots and plums can be halved while nectarines and peaches can be cut in half or quartered.
Lightly oil the the fruits with olive oil, and pre-heat your grill to approximately 350 degrees. Next place your fruit directly on the grill. Here is where we are going for the char marks and some heat to intensify the flavors (what you don't want to do here is add these to the center of a really hot grill ready to sear your pork! Add along the edge or grill while the meat rests before serving).
Go about 3 1/2- 4 minutes on each side. Fruit will soften the longer it is on the grill so you may want to check the texture as you go. The grill marks, while pretty, are not essential to the flavors. Flip carefully using a tongs or spatula.
Worried about the mess on the grill? You can also wrap the fruit in tin foil or include in a grill basket. The tin foil will prevent the striped char marks but will still get the intensified flavors of the stone fruits.
Also you can easily grill these inside using a grill on your stovetop. We like our Le Creuset cast iron grill but there are many available these days.
Enjoy, Happy Grilling, and come back for more recipes soon!