Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Grilled Nectarines - With Honey, Vanilla &Berries - Must Try On Your Next Camping Trip - Has Summer Written All Over It

Grilled Nectarines - With Honey, Vanilla & Berries 
It is a long weekend for me this week, have our company shutting down couple of days and I took few days off making it the perfect 4th of July week. It's really been a while since I took a day off and had a "staycation". Spending the day at home with no agenda seems like such a luxury. Kids and I have enjoyed our outings, lunches and a movie. Hoping this week goes a little slower and last a little longer.
Stone fruit are abundant in the market, picked at their prime these stone fruit taste like sugar sweet, fleshy and delicious.Made grilled peaches for Mother's day barbecue few days back repeated the same with Nectarines today.

Absolutely simple, can be prepped ahead making it a perfect and healthy choice for BBQ's or camping. No hassle of clean up and can be customized according to ones taste.  

Makes for about 8 grilled Nectarines halves or 4 whole Nectarines
Ingredients
4 Nectarines well ripen, not to soft not to hard
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
tbsp of good Vanilla essence
1/2 tbsp of grate ginger optional
tbsp of lemon zest
few sprigs of mint
few berries like blueberries, strawberries or blackberries

1. In a microwaveable bowl add butter, sugar, Vanilla, ginger and lemon zest and mix well
2. Microwave on high for about two minutes checking in between
3. Remove from microwave and mix till sugar and butter are completely melted and mixed. Keep aside.


4. Clean and cut Nectarines into half, remove seed and lather butter sugar mixture, place berries in the middle and glaze with sugar butter solution. Add spring of mint and fresh lemon zest.
5. Wrap Nectarines in a aluminium foil and place in on the BBQ grill, fire pit or grill in an oven on medium heat for about 3~5 minutes

6. Remove from heat and when you open the aluminum pouch, you will be treated for some delicious caramel and grilled Nectarine.

7. Nectarines turns soft and creamy, a scoop of Vanilla ice cream would be a great compliment.

8. Optionally you can add fresh berries instead of grilling if you wish you. Since the fruit is in season and is very sweet few drop of lemon juice will also enhance the flavor.
9. You can ask your guests to create their own version by having various kind of toppings, also by making variations to the butter sugar mixture by adding various other flavorings.
Throw them into the campfire, wait for few minutes under the stars and in the company of your loved ones and cherish these delicious goodness.

This recipe can be made from Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Apples or even plums.

Stay safe and happy Fourth of July !!!!!

 
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