Friday, July 30, 2010

Grilled Peach and Mozzarella Salad

This recipe is brought to you by the Fine Cooking magazine.  Ben found the recipe while browsing through the magazine and knowing that I love peaches and basically any kind of cheese he decided we needed to try it out.

We couldn't immediately find any Buffalo mozzarella, so we just grabbed a ball of the regular kind and I don't think it made a difference, or if it did I didn't notice.  I also suggest making this salad when you already have food to prepare on the grill, so you aren't lighting the grill just for the peaches.

Ingredients
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Kosher salt and ground pepper
2 ripe peaches, halved and sliced
4 1/2 teaspoon EVOO
4 cups baby arugula
1 ball mozzarella cheese, cut into 3/4" chunks

Prepare a charcoal fire grill.  Combine the vinegar and thyme in a 2 quart saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until the mixture is thick, syrupy, and reduced to 1/4 cup, about 6-9 minutes.  Remove from the heat, discard the thyme sprigs, and season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.  Rub the peaches all over with 2 teaspoons of the oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.  Grill cut side down until lightly charred, 3-4 minutes.  Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly.  Slice each piece into thirds.  In a medium bowl, toss the arugula with the remaining 2 1/2 teaspoon of oil and season with salt and pepper.  Arrange on a platter.  Top with the mozzarella and peaches.  Drizzle with about 2 teaspoons of the reduced balsamic vinegar.

Delish!

4 comments:

Ryan and Sarah said...

That looks so good! And now I am so hungry for that! I think I will be putting it on the dinner menu for next week!

Janie B said...

Wow! I never thought of grilling peaches. This salad sounds wonderful.

Janet Gladstone said...

Jennifer, What in the world is AVOO? Tell Ben to make a soft sugar cookie and frost with a Duncan Hines chocolate frosting. Lemon frosting would be good also. I don't remember the cookies being chocolate. Ben's Grandma Janet

Vera said...

Oh my goodness I want this NOW (too bad it's 10pm and I have only half these ingredients at home - boo!)

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