Peach cobbler, peach pie, peach ice cream. They’re all about as common as apple pie. With the juicy stone fruit hitting its peak in July and August, nearly every food and cooking magazine’s issues for those months included an appropriate recipe. But what most didn’t acknowledge is that August is National Peach Month, so proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 to recognize the economic impact of the fuzzy fruit.
If you love peaches, here are seven unique ways in seven courses to help satisfy your peachy cravings any time of day throughout the month of August.
- Dutch Baby Pancake with Sautéed Peaches: Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine‘s August 2010 issue starts the day peachy keen with this pancake dusted with confectioners’ sugar and served with a side of warm peaches cooked in a syrup of sugar, butter and lemon juice. An added bonus? It’s easy enough for the kids to help make too.
- Peach and Blackberry Muddle: From the July issue of Everyday Food magazine comes this refreshing concoction of peaches, blackberries, mint, honey and bourbon (if you wish).
- Grilled Peach Salsa: Taste of the South magazine‘s June/July issue gives peaches a little kick with cilantro, onion, jalapeno, garlic and fresh lime juice, making it an appetizing pairing with tortilla chips.
- Peach Gazpacho: Martha Stewart Living magazine‘s July issue says goodbye, tomatoes, hello peaches in this fruity soup flavored with cucumber and herbs and topped with red bell pepper and avocado.
- Prosciutto, Peach and Sweet Lettuce Salad: Cooking Light magazine‘s August issue recommends this light, easy-to-prepare course served with a baguette and a Riesling to complement the fruity sweetness.
- Grilled Chicken and Peaches with Chipotle-Peach Dressing: Want more substance? For a meatier dish, try Bon Appétit magazine‘s July recipe of chicken topped with peach preserves and chipotle chiles and served with grilled peach wedges.
- Peach Shortcake with Vanilla Whipped Cream: Food & Wine magazine‘s July issue puts an appropriate twist on a strawberry classic. Prepare cake in a larger pan or muffin cups, then plate with peach wedges flavored with peach schnapps and homemade whipped cream.