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Grilled Peaches with Thyme Oil

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Servings: 6-8

This week’s recipe couldn’t get much simpler. The only equipment you’ll need is a grill or a grill pan. Grilling peaches is magical! The peachy flavor will elevate to a whole other level. If you love peaches, you won’t be able to resist this dish.

If I had to choose a flavor profile for summer, it would be warm, smoky, and fruity with a burst of sweet juicy nectar. This dish is IT! Just remember to have your grill grates really clean, you don’t want your peaches to stick to the grill or have any odd flavors transfer. The added thyme oil will make this the perfect side dish to pair with grilled meats like a juicy pork chop or a savory skirt steak. But why stop there? Do a 180 and knock it out of the ball park. Serve these juicy peaches as a sweet treat. Either way, SMACK! You just hit a home run! My favorite way is to set up a grilled-peach-sundae-station. A light drizzle of honey or balsamic glaze, vanilla ice cream, topped with chopped nuts, just don't forget the cherry on top. The truth is, grilling peaches is stunningly simple, there’s no fuss about it. Peach please, your guest will be asking for another serving!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 springs of fresh thyme

  • 6 large firm organic peaches

Directions

  1. Clean your grill grates, and preheat grill to medium.

  2. In a small bowl add olive oil and thyme. Use the back of a spoon to muddle and infuse the thyme with the oil. Set aside.

  3. Cut peaches in half, remove the pits (makes sure to use ripe but still firm peaches, you don’t want overripe peaches, because they will get mushy while grilling).

  4. Strain the oil, discard the thyme.

  5. Brush the cut side of each peach half with the thyme oil.

  6. Lay each peach half cut-side down on the hot grill.

  7. Let the peaches cook for 5 mins without disturbing or moving them. You really want to have well defined grill marks, it’s what makes this dish so appealing.

  8. After 5 mins, flip each peach half over with a spatula and a pair of tongs. Let them cook for 3 more minutes on the fuzzy side.

  9. Remove from heat, and serve this side dish any way you’d like, sweet or savory!

Bourbon & Honey Glazed Carrots with Thyme

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 4

Bourbon and honey glazed carrots with thyme is the prefect side dish for any dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds rainbow carrots, unpeeled, cut halved lengthwise leaving a small amount of the greens attached at the end.

  • 1½ tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1½ teaspoons flaked sea-salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup of butter

  • 2 tablespoons of bourbon

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • dash of cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your spice level)

  • 2 springs of thyme

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Toss carrots, oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  3. Roast, tossing occasionally, until tender 25-30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile on low heat, in a small sauce pan add butter, bourbon, cayenne pepper, honey, and 2 springs of thyme until everything melts together.

  5. After the carrots are tender, glaze the carrots with the butter bourbon herb mixture and return them to the oven for 5-10 more minutes tossing occasionally until the carrots are nice and brown (keep a close eye on carrots at this stage, the high sugar content in the honey and bourbon will cause the carrots to burn quicker).

  6. Optional, garnish with fresh thyme leaves.

  7. Serve immediately