Sugar Roasted Peaches.
Alright. I have like 37 seconds to tell you about these peaches before they are out of season.
I seriously thought I was done with peaches. Especially after the crumble. But I warned you. Buying multiple peaches only to bite into bruised mealy flesh is not my cup of tea. That also sounds totally disgusting and like something that would happen on True Blood or Dexter.
Side note: somebody please take away my TV.
But anyway, I thought I was done. Actually, I WAS done. I was done and had accepted it. I had mourned the end of good peach season in these parts and was feeling at peace with the decision.
And then… my mom happened. She still reads the newspaper everyday (I mean EVERYDAY, which means if she misses the newspaper one day, she stocks up and reads two the next day. And when we go on vacation, she finds a way to read ALL seven newspapers when we come back. My dad loves to refer to this as her love to read “old news.” I, on the other hand, don’t even get a newspaper. But I’d really love to because I get obsessed with those wacky advice columns. K, I’m done.) and even better, she cuts out the recipes from the newspaper – the recipes that I could most likely find on the internet – but she still cuts them out old-school and gives them to me.
This happens often, and it almost always ends with me turning the recipe clippings down. I’m just so weird about food… something may not sound good to me at the time, and then four months later I’m all over and think it’s the next best thing. I have no rhyme or reason besides my extremely strange taste buds. And most of the things she cuts out… well, I may have already made a version of them for the blog, or I deem them too boring because again – I’m insane. (Wasn’t sure if you knew that yet.)
This time though? I was blown away. And here’s the thing – she didn’t even cut this recipe out. She opened the newspaper to show me something else (which happens all the time and to which I unfortunately often roll my eyes – I know, such an asshole) and I noticed a recipe for sugar roasted peaches. And I’m all hmmm… that sounds good, but not really good enough to make for the bl – WHOA WAIT A MINUTE. These sugar roasted peaches are roasted in bacon grease?! What? Done. Give me the scissors. Nevermind. I’m ripping this sucker out. Got it.
And that was my train of thought. And then my train of thought continued for the rest of day as OMG I can’t wait to make these and I just might die if I can’t make them today and I wonder if we can have them for dinner or maybe they will pass for lunch and there is protein since there is bacon and seriously these must be made immediately because I can’t possibly think of anything else in the world except for these peaches covered in sugar then pan-roasted with bacon grease then real-roasted with rosemary and more sugar and bacon grease drizzles and then topped with the crunchy bacon crumbles and gahhhhh I can’t go on until this is done.
(I am a joy to live with. I swear.)
So I got it done. And because I was fahhhhreaking out over Tracy’s peaches last week, I ended up crumbling a bit of blue cheese on top when they were still hot. Oh wait – smokey blue cheese. Because I had it for the first time in Oregon two weeks ago at Rogue Creamery, and then bought six wedges of it because I am the queen of excess. Or because I fell in love. Whatever. Totally worth it, especially once this peach recipe came along. It’s like it was all meant to be. The universe wanted it.
So yes: peaches, sugar, rosemary, bacon, bacon grease, and smoked blue cheese. And then I died.
And yes, I realize I just said “so” a bunch of times. So what?
Sugar Roasted Peaches
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon
- 4 large semi-ripe peaches, cut in half with pit removed
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 4 large sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a bowl, mix together the sugars.
- Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and add bacon, frying until crisp and fat is rendered. Once crispy, remove with kitchen tongs and place on a paper towel to drain. Pour most of the bacon grease out of the skillet and into an heat-safe jar, leaving just a thin layer in the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low.
- Sprinkle the cut-side up of peaches with half of the sugar mixture, the salt and the pepper. Place them cut-side done in the skillet, tucking the rosemary in between. Cook for 5 minutes, or until cut sides are caramely and golden. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on the un-cut side of the peaches. Drizzle a bit of bacon grease (1-2 teaspoons) over the peaches, then place in the oven and roast for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and flip the peaches so they are cut-side up. Roast for another 5-10 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Remove from the oven and serve immediately, discarding rosemary, and sprinkle on the crumbled bacon and blue cheese. Serve alone or with ice cream, yogurt or salads.
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84 Comments on “Sugar Roasted Peaches.”
Peaches? Bacon? Sugar?
WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHY didn’t I know about this recipe during the 37 second peach season? Now I’m just depressed and sad. Hopefully I’ll remember to try this next year. I love all things peaches and we have no season here. So sad.
Maybe I’ll just cook some bacon and pretend it has peaches with it.
Woke up, saw this recipe, decided I was going to make it TODAY. My patience is award-winning.
Oh shit girl, excuse my language! Now this is the beat way to eat peaches!! Wow! What a great recipe!!!
ANYTHING cook in or with bacon will be delicious. I have actually cooked rice krispies with bacon pieces it in….sounds gross, but they are really yummy. Also, I love your description of your mom and the newspaper because it sounds exactly like my dad! We actually still get articles sent to us in the snail mail that he still cuts out!
Does not sound gross at all!
I cannot possibly imagine what peaches roasted in bacon grease must taste like. Oh, my goodness. I’ll have to give it a go with the white ones ~ the others make my throat itch.
And, I can’t even imagine trying to find the time to read SEVEN newspapers, especially upon returning from vacation. Go, mom!
You have me completely intrigued!
Must go out and buy peaches. Already got the bacon ;). This looks and sounds amazing. Weird, but good!!
haha, my mom sends me those clippings in the mail – it’s so cute :)
LOL I loved reading this Jess! Sounds like you’re just a little over the moon about this recipe!? ;) My aunt used to send me newspaper clippings when I was in university…. except they were about campus safety, and nowhere near as exciting as recipes. I’m off to buy some peaches, hopefully in less than 37 seconds so I don’t miss the in season ones! ;)
I made grilled rosemary peaches served with thick pork chops for the boys last week and I had mine on a salad with pistachios…AMAZING! Grilled peaches with rosemary would be so good on vanilla ice cream too! It’s just the perfect flavor combination! These look amazing!
Holy cow that looks good!
bacon fat will make anything old new again.
These sound delish!!!Too bad I can’t find anymore peaches….
My grandma saved me recipes from the newspaper for literally 3 years. I just went through the binder I put them in…I saved maybe 2. None of them were this fabulous though!!
These look – once again – delicous! Great pics too.
yum! my mom totally does the same thing– reads the paper every day, saves newspaper clippings of recipes and food articles for me, and then sends them to me in a stack whenever she has other things to put in a package for me. some of them sound tasty, really, but i usually find myself just recycling them…
This sounds amazing! I was very sad the other day, because it was the first peach I bought where I had the same experience–mealy, gross, and completely unflavorful. But maybe it was just a bad one!
My mom does the exact same thing with newspaper recipes–and sometimes even sends them to me via snail mail. I always forget about them or hate having them lying around, because I have no system of organizing them, so I’m sad to say that I’ve probably passed up a bunch of great ones.
Hahaha my mom totally does that too – clip out things in the newspaper from the LA Times and then MAIL them to me in Chicago. It’s really sweet actually. Now that we have Pinterest I don’t even use my recipe binder with clippings anymore. If something interests me I just try to find a link to it online and pin it – it is a lot nicer though. To think we used to only have old school clippings!! Then we’d never get your tasty recipes on your blog! :)
DUDE. My mom cuts the recipes out and MAILS them [SNAIL-MAIL] to me. No joke, I just got one yesterday!!! I’m totally not over peaches yet. It’s prime peach season here in Colorado! :)
Roasted fruit – and bacon grease! Sounds like your idea of perfection AND that you get to use your cast iron skillet, even better. I think your mom and her newspaper reading and clippings is awesome :)
PS – my mom clips recipes for me too!
Fresh rosemary potted in my kitchen. Two softball sized peaches from the farmer’s market in my kitchen. Bacon my husband smoked last weekend – you know it – in my kitchen. O.M.G. I am going to obsess about this aaalllll day!
my mom clips recipes and other things from the newspaper for me too… and then even though I have never received the paper in my years of being in my own place, she will still ask “did you see blankety blank such and so in the paper?” Mom.
and again we are twins. I am the ultimate consumer (someone else gave me that name, that’s bad), and when I become obsessive I will buy an excessive amount of blankety blank such and so…
whoa. “Yeah oh shit, yeah oh shit!” – Megan.
Ummmmmm, I might be on the floor passed out from reading this but then HOW AM I TYPING?
p.s. feed my face.
this weekend… this recipe… my belly. it’s happening.
Ha ha! My mom actually does the same thing to me (and of course I roll my eyes, too). I have a pile of magazine clipped recipes from her that I have yet to make. This dish looks fantastic!
I had the exact same reaction when I saw the photo of the bacon: peaches, yes, yes, very good… wait, BACON GREASE???
So yeah. I get it.
Oh love this! I could completely eat that entire recipe.
4 peaches roasted with sugar and bacon grease counts as a serving, right?
looks AMAZING! Really wish I had some peaches like NOW :) I can almost smell the bacon. Great photos.
Peaches in bacon grease….sign me up. That would be so good with a brunch and fancy, but not. I love it!!
Peaches….Bacon……. Nothing wrong there!
OMG….peaches and bacon….I think I’m in heaven!!!
Holy hell. Bacon grease makes (almost?) anything better!
My grandma used to do the same thing with recipes, only from a Rachel Ray magazine.
hello good posting. it looks amazing and mouthwatering this weekend i am going to try this. can u post some fish items bcz i love fish.
Savoring every last peach recipe before summer goes “bye bye”! :(
Holy moly. Why does peach season have to end EVER?? I want to eat these every day.
You know what comes after peach season? Apples. I am going to make these with apples when the peaches are gone.
I like your style.
How could someone not love this recipe?! I’m obsessed with this… must make while peaches are still here.
Whenever I’m at my mother in law’s, I go immediately for her newspaper (that she still gets daily) and read the advice column. And my horoscope. :-)
So..I need peaches. Like now.
WOW. yum. i have half a peach sitting here and i am tempted to throw it in my skillet.
Peaches = fruit, bacon = protein, rosemary = vegetable (it’s green, okay?!), and cheese = some fat.
I saw this recipe when it original ran in Fine Cooking and was drooling all over the guy next to me on the airplane. Honestly, even your fabulous pictures don’t do these things justice. Served mine with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of buckwheat honey. Oh yeah.
Ooo… this Georgia peach needs these drippy, decadent peaches in her life, like, yesterday.
These.look.awesome. I want to cut them up and put them on top of burgers. With bacon. And more blue cheese. And bacon.
My tastebuds just went on strike until I appease them with these peaches. I think all parties involved will be pleased with the outcome.
I didn’t know it was possible to make peaches look so fancy but you did it Jessica! I don’t want peach season to end!
Oh. my. my. my.
I need some of these in my life. Even just the pictures. Incredible.