who knew?

grilled fruit. seriously yummy.

i saw a blog post somewhere a few months ago about grilled watermelon and then tried some on a salad a few days later. i didn't think about it again until a few days ago. shawn mention seeing grilled peaches somewhere. we had to try it. i looked at a few recipes and understood basically what shawn was going to need to do with the fruit on the grill. but what were we going to have to go with the peaches?

(sidenote: i don't grill. i don't go near the grill. i'm a total klutz and will set myself or at the very least the dog on fire. nobody wants that. so, i take care of the things that go with the grilled things - desserts, sides, etc.)

i thought about goat cheese because goat cheese is always good with fruit. actually, goat cheese is just always good. but no, that wasn't going to do. ice cream. vanilla ice cream. hmmmm. cream cheese vanilla bean ice cream. PERFECT.

so, here's what we did:

for the ice cream:

8 oz cream cheese, softened (buy the fanciest stuff you can find. creole cream cheese IF you can get your hands on some!)
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
the paste of one vanilla bean
1/2 cup heavy cream

blend cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, sugar, vanilla, vanilla bean paste and salt until smooth andstir in cream. freeze cream cheese mixture in ice cream maker and put in the freezer to harden further.

for the peaches:

fresh peaches
brown sugar
vegetable oil

cut peaches along the seam all the way around and twist halves off the pit. vrush cut sides with vegetable oil. cook, cut side down, on a hot grill until fruit has grill marks, 3 to 4 minutes. turn over, sprinkle cut sides with brown sugar. cover grill and cook until sugar is melted and fruit is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. cool to room temperature. serve with a scoop of ice cream.

and YUM.


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