Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey

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Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey is the perfect summer appetizer.

Grilling peaches is a must during the summer months! Grilled peach wedges and baguette slices are grilled up, the bread is topped with some creamy mascarpone, layered with a grilled peach wedge, and topped with honey and a drizzle of aged balsamic and fresh mint. You’re gonna love this summer treat!

Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey

We grill alllll the fruit in the summer months, especially as they start to reach their peak freshness. Nearly all tree fruits do well grilled hot and fast, and we love to use fresh Pacific Northwest berries to smoke low and slow and incorporate into savory sauces or cocktails.

But there’s just something about peaches that makes them extra tasty when grilled, and one of my favorites. They’re great on their own, served over ice cream, pizzas, or like we’re doing today, as a topping for a simple and delicious crostini. This is a fantastic appetizer (or meal, as I proved when making one of the test batches 😉 )

So let’s get started!

Do peaches need to be ripe to grill?

It’s much easier to slice and remove pits, when peaches are slightly under ripe. While the taste of under ripe peaches won’t be as sweet as a fully ripe peach, it will grill easier. And when you grill peaches it brings out and intensifies the natural sweetness in peaches, so the flavor will be maximized when you finally bite into the grilled fruit and the result will be sweet, caramelized, and oh-so-delicious.

How to halve and pit peaches for grilling

The easiest way we find to prep peaches for this recipe, is to slice the fruit into wedges and work out the wedges in preparation for grilling. Hold the peach with one hand (or on a cutting board) and find the natural seam that runs from one end to the other, and run along that with your knife, and gently remove one wedge at a time.

How to slice a peach for grilling

Alternatively, using both hands, slice the peach in half using that natural seam and twist the peaches until you have 2 halves. This is easier with firm peaches. Soften peaches will have to be cut into individual wedges to remove because they will otherwise crush as you try to separate the halves.

Using a spoon or pairing knife to gently loosen the pit and remove, after it has been halved, is helpful.

How to grill peaches

Once you’ve sliced your peaches into wedges, drizzle them with olive oil and place them on a hot grill for about 3-4 minutes per side, until you see grill marks and they look slightly caramelized.

Pro Tip: The grill needs to be blazing hot, like 500 degree sear hot. Otherwise the peaches will not sear, they will get mushy.

How to grill peaches

How to serve grilled peaches

  • Over ice cream
  • Drizzled with honey
  • A topping for grilled flatbread
  • With grilled pork or chicken
  • Accompanying a salad
  • On top of grilled baguette slices, like the following grilled peach crostini

Once the peaches are grilled, toast up baguette slices on the same grill. Just coat them with olive oil on one side, place them for 1-2 minutes per side over direct heat to get a nice toasted char, then remove and assemble your crostini.

How to toast baguette on the grill

To assemble, place about a teaspoon of mascarpone cheese on each slice of baguette, layer with a slice of grilled peaches, and drizzle with honey (fresh or smoked honey), some aged balsamic vinegar, and chopped fresh mint. So perfect!

Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey

Wine Pairing for Grilled Peach Crostini

This dish isn’t as sweet as it looks. It has the savory toasted baguette and creamy mascarpone to balance out some of the sweetness. I also recommend serving as an appetizer. Bubbly Moscato d’Asti works great with this, as does a fruity Prosecco. The bubbles are a great match for the creamy cheese, and you’ll find some bright peach characteristics to the wines. Alternatively, Riesling and Pinot Gris (Grigio) work well too.

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Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey
4.58 from 7 votes

Grilled Peach Crostini Recipe with Mascarpone and Honey

Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey is the perfect summer appetizer. Find out how to grill peaches for a delicious summer treat.
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Servings: 24 crostini slices

Ingredients 

  • 4 peaches, pitted and sliced into wedges, (slightly underripe peaches work best)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 baguette, sliced into 24 slices
  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • honey, for drizzling , (smoked honey or fresh)
  • aged balsamic, for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Instructions 

  • Prepare the grill for direct heat cooking. If using a gas grill, set to medium heat.
  • To grill the peaches: Halve and pit the peaches, and then slice into wedges. Alternatively, slice into wedges while removing the pit. Brush each peach wedge with olive oil
  • Place the wedges on the grill and cook for 3 minutes per side, or until desired char marks. Flip and grill the other side for 3 additional minutes. Remove.
  • Grill baguette slices: Brush top of slices with olive oil. Place baguette slices on the grill over direct heat and cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until toasted and grill marks appear. Remove.
  • Assemble the crostini: Layer the grilled baguette slices with approximately 1 teaspoon of mascarpone, a grilled peach slice, a drizzle of honey, a small drizzle (less than 1/4 teaspoon) of aged balsamic, then top with a pinch of fresh mint.

Notes

Smoked honey: We love using smoked honey for this (made similar this recipe, but before incorporating it with butter), but you can use whatever honey you have lying around. 

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 crostini slices
Calories: 111
Keyword: Grilled Peach Crostini, Grilled Peaches
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was a complete hit at my 4th of July party. If you make this for a party, be sure to make plenty for yourself, too 🙂

  2. As a PNW transplant from the South East, I can appreciate a good peach recipe. However, I’ve never tried grilling them before. Grilled peaches over ice cream do sound tempting but I’m intrigued with the cheese and balsamic here.

  3. 5 stars
    I love savory fruit recipes, but I’ve never heard of peach crostini. The char marks on the peaches and bread make this appetizer look extra delicious!