At my house, summer always means grilled food. I’m sure you’re thinking of hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks… but the truly special evenings at my house were when my dad grilled up peaches.

Yes, peaches, the ultimate summer fruit. They are amazing grilled, for dessert, and served with cold vanilla ice cream. This recipe makes them into an adulty summer appetizer instead, and adds basil and bacon.

“But I don’t have a grill,” you say. Well neither do I. Although grilling is ideal, most college students can’t do it – so follow along for grilling or pan-searing instructions.

Bacon Wrapped Peaches with Balsamic Glaze

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:5-10 minutes
  • Total Time:25-30 minutes
  • Servings:8
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 4 large peaches
  • Store-bought balsamic glaze
  • Basil
  • 12 oz bacon
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • toothpicks
Photo by Caitlyn Heter
Photo by Caitlyn Heter

Step 1

Set a grill to low and brush the rack with olive oil. To pan-sear, heat a large pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium.

Step 2

Wash and dry peaches. Cut them in half, then cut each half into 4 pieces. Cut bacon slices in half.

GIF by Caitlyn Heter
GIF by Caitlyn Heter

Step 3

Place a large basil leaf on each long side of the peach slice. Wrap with bacon, using toothpicks to secure.

#SpoonTip: If you’re pan-searing, be sure your toothpicks are inserted at an angle, so they don’t prevent even contact between the bacon and pan.

GIF by Caitlyn Heter
GIF by Caitlyn Heter

Step 4

Before grilling, brush each slice with olive oil. Grill evenly on all sides until bacon is fully cooked, but not burned.

If you’re pan-searing, skip the oil-brushing step. Sear until bacon is thoroughly cooked. The peach will also brown slightly, which makes it extra sweet and delicious.

GIF by Caitlyn Heter
GIF by Caitlyn Heter

Step 5

Remove toothpicks carefully, then drizzle on some balsamic glaze. Best served warm. Enjoy!

GIF by Caitlyn Heter
GIF by Caitlyn Heter