6 Savory Ideas for Using Up the Last of Your Summer Peaches

You’re sure to a-peach-iate these recipes.

September 16, 2021

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After seeing the movie James and the Giant Peach as a little girl I used to fantasize about living in an absolutely ginormous piece of fruit. My favorite scene was the musical sequence when the characters realized they would never go hungry because they could literally eat a chunk of peach off the wall of their home. I loved the way they shaped and chopped up the fruit into intricate designs — and when they stomped on the fruit in a barrel to make what looked like the most refreshing peach cream soda float.

Although I’ve long abandoned my dream of living in an oversize peach, it did get me thinking: if James could eat peaches all day long, why can’t we? And as we soak in the last days of summer (and peach season), what better way is there to use up this fruit than in some savory dishes too? Here are 6 fresh ways to incorporate peaches into your appetizers and meals.

Peach Caprese Salad (pictured above)

Add a little sweetness in this classic dish with slices of peaches. The juicy flavor of this fruit makes for a delicious combination with mozzarella cheese and heirloom tomatoes.

Jeff Mauro makes Peach Bruschetta, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Jeff Mauro makes Peach Bruschetta, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Forget the tomatoes and dice up a handful of peaches for your bruschetta topping. Partner with a smear of goat cheese, honey, basil, hot sauce and vinegar — and you have yourself a sweet-and-salty appetizer that will hold you over until dinnertime.

Grilled Bacon & Peach Salad, as seen on Ayesha's Home Kitchen, Season 2.

Grilled Bacon & Peach Salad

Grilled Bacon & Peach Salad, as seen on Ayesha's Home Kitchen, Season 2.

Photo by: Katrina Marcinowski

Katrina Marcinowski

Barbecue season doesn’t have to be over yet! Throw some peaches onto the grill to create those nice, charred marks and toss them into a salad with crispy bacon and crunchy kale.

Robert Irvine makes Peach BBQ Chicken with Tomato Cucumber Salad and Sweet Potato, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen  Season 21.

Robert Irvine makes Peach BBQ Chicken with Tomato Cucumber Salad and Sweet Potato, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen Season 21.

Not only does this recipe call for grilled peaches, but it coats the chicken with a homemade peach BBQ sauce for a sweet and tasty glaze.

Trying to get rid of leftovers from peach picking? Trisha’s turkey wings will do the trick! They get a barbecue spice blend, caramelized peaches and maple syrup for a smoky-sweet flavor.

Katie Lee makes a Cornbread Panzanella, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Katie Lee makes a Cornbread Panzanella, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Katie proves that cornbread and peaches go together perfectly in her delicious and refreshing take on Panzanella.

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