38 ways with summer stone fruits

Cook up peaches, nectarines, cherries, and plums in desserts, salads, and more

Chilled Poached Halibut with Fresh Apricot Salsa

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Elaine Johnson

Chilled Poached Halibut with Fresh Apricot Salsa

Take apricots in a savory direction with mustard seeds, cilantro, and a little chile.

Recipe: Chilled Poached Halibut with Fresh Apricot Salsa

Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Sourdough

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson

Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Sourdough

Oozy, mild melted cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet and tangy fruit.

Recipe: Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Sourdough

Apricot Shrimp Skewers

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson

Apricot Shrimp Skewers

Wrap the fruit and seafood in prosciutto, add simple seasonings, and grill.

Recipe: Apricot Shrimp Skewers

Fresh Apricot Crisp

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Elaine Johnson

Fresh Apricot Crisp

Top ripe Blenheim apricots with an easy spiced oat and nut streusel.

Recipe: Fresh Apricot Crisp

Grilled Apricot Puffs with Honey Crème Fraîche

Photo by Lisa Romerein; written by Elaine Johnson

Grilled Apricot Puffs with Honey Crème Fraîche

The apricots and brown sugar caramelize in a grill-top skillet as they would on a stove. Using a muffin pan produces puffs that look like mini Dutch babies.

Recipe: Grilled Apricot Puffs with Honey Crème Fraîche

 

Apricot Patty-cake Cobbler

Photo by James Carrier; written by Elaine Johnson

Apricot Patty-cake Cobbler

A rustic cream cheese and spiced orange crust goes over lots of fresh fruit.

Recipe: Apricot Patty-cake Cobbler

Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden

Photo by Lisa Romerein; written by Elaine Johnson

Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden

You can make these refreshing summer cocktails with jalapeño or Thai chiles.

Recipe: Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden

Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing

Photo by Iain Bagwell

Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing

Jennifer Jasinski, chef and co-owner of Rioja in Denver, makes her salad with fresh Colorado peaches and a Spanish blue cheese, but it’s also good made with many Western blue cheeses.

Recipe: Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebab Salad

Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Elaine Johnson

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebab Salad

This fresh and light salad is beautiful enough to serve to company.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebab Salad

Curried Peach and Shrimp Salad

Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Elaine Johnson

Curried Peach and Shrimp Salad

This spicy, refreshing combo is ready in 30 minutes.

Recipe: Curried Peach and Shrimp Salad

Vanilla and Riesling Poached White Peaches

Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Elaine Johnson

Vanilla and Riesling Poached White Peaches

Highlight the delicate flavor of white peaches with vanilla bean, wine, and crème fraîche.

Recipe: Vanilla and Riesling Poached White Peaches

Crepes with Warm Cognac Peaches and Almonds

Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Elaine Johnson

Crêpes with Warm Cognac Peaches and Almonds

Filled with sweetened ricotta, these are excellent for brunch or dessert.

Recipe: Crêpes with Warm Cognac Peaches and Almonds

Peach Streusel Pie

Photo by David Prince; written by Elaine Johnson

Peach Streusel Pie

If you're looking for a classic peach pie, here it is.

Recipe: Peach Streusel Pie

Bellini Sorbet

Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Elaine Johnson

Bellini Sorbet

You know the classic cocktail. Now try it frozen for dessert.

Recipe: Bellini Sorbet

Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson

Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil

Try it tonight: dinner in 15 minutes.

Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil

Spiced Peaches

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy; written by Elaine Johnson

Spiced Peaches

When you want to enjoy fresh summer peaches all winter long, try canning them.

Recipe: Spiced Peaches

Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream

Photo by James Carrier; written by Elaine Johnson

Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream

Sweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient in this special ice cream.

Recipe: Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream

Golden Fruit Conserve

Golden Fruit Conserve

Three summer stone fruits go into this recipe. It's great over scones, in crepes, and over ice cream.

Recipe: Golden Fruit Conserve

Peach-raspberry-lavender Jam

Photo by Scott Peterson; written by Elaine Johnson

Peach-Raspberry-Lavender Jam

Here's an easy refrigerator jam recipe that's perfect for first-time jam-makers.

Recipe: Peach-Raspberry-Lavender Jam

Sautéed Peaches over Pound Cake

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson

Sautéed Peaches over Pound Cake

Try this last-minute dessert with a pound cake you pick up from the store.

Recipe: Sautéed Peaches over Pound Cake

Arugula Salad with White Nectarines and Mango Chutney Dressing

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Elaine Johnson

Arugula Salad with White Nectarines and Mango Chutney Dressing

This sweet and delicately spicy summer salad would be an excellent accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.

Recipe: Arugula Salad with White Nectarines and Mango Chutney Dressing

Nectarine Creamsicles with Rose Water

Photo by Aya Brackett; written by Elaine Johnson

Nectarine Creamsicles with Rose Water

The rose water is subtle here, just enough to bring out the fruit’s floral quality. You’ll need popsicle molds and sticks.

Recipe: Nectarine Creamsicles with Rose Water

Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Chutney

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Chutney

These are especially good in the fall, using ripe, sweet, end-of-season fruit--the spice mixture really pops. You can make the recipe with peaches instead if you like.

Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Chutney 

Plum and Wine Trifles

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson

Plum and Wine Trifles

Red wine and spices are outstanding with plums in these 30-minute individual trifles.

Recipe: Plum and Wine Trifles

Layered Fruitsicles

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Elaine Johnson

Layered Fruitsicles

Stripes of plums, apricots, and raspberries give you 3 summer fruits in one treat.

Recipe: Layered Fruitsicles

Greengage Plum Salad with Mint and Pistachios

Photo by Aya Brackett; written by Elaine Johnson

Greengage Plum Salad with Mint and Pistachios

Few farmers in the West grow greengages, but if you get them, celebrate their honey-sweet flavor in this salad. White peaches make an excellent substitute.

Recipe: Greengage Plum Salad with Mint and Pistachios

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Plum Chutney

Photo by Aya Brackett; written by Elaine Johnson

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Plum Chutney

Indian spices play up the sour kick from the plum skins, and both are fantastic with pork’s natural sweetness.

Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Plum Chutney

Pluot Tart

Photo by James Carrier; written by Elaine Johnson

Pluot Tart

This easy dessert starts with frozen puff pastry.

Recipe: Pluot Tart

Spiced Crostata with Pluots

Photo by Aya Brackett; written by Elaine Johnson

Spiced Crostata with Pluots

A cross between plums and apricots, pluots have an explosive flavor that only gets better when you accent it with spices. The crisp crust tastes like it took all day to make but requires no special pastry skills.

Recipe: Spiced Crostata with Pluots

Cherry and Bacon Spinach Salad

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Cherry and Bacon Spinach Salad

Substitute fresh Rainiers in recipes that call for dried cherries. Spinach salad gets a whole new life that way.

Recipe: Cherry and Bacon Spinach Salad

Cherry Brown Butter Ravioli

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Cherry Brown Butter Ravioli

The cherries' bursts of sweet juice offset the richness of the pasta.

Recipe: Cherry Brown Butter Ravioli

Dark Chocolate Tart, Cherries, and Almond Whipped Cream

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Elaine Johnson

Dark Chocolate Tart, Cherries, and Almond Whipped Cream

Fresh cherries cut the richness of this dense, extra chocolatey dessert.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Tart, Cherries, and Almond Whipped Cream

Triple Cherry Chocolate Brownie Sundaes

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Triple Cherry Chocolate Brownie Sundaes

We couldn't get enough of this sundae. Every layer has a sweet, tart cherry flavor and decadent chocolatiness. (The brownies are great on their own too, and work well for picnics.)

Recipe: Triple Cherry Chocolate Brownie Sundaes

Cherry Sherbet

Written by Elaine Johnson

Cherry Sherbet

After fresh cherry season is over, you can keep making this with frozen fruit.

Recipe: Cherry Sherbet

 

Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries

Photo by James Carrier; written by Elaine Johnson

Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries

An indulgent recipe for a special summer brunch.

Recipe: Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries

Brandied Cherries

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Brandied Cherries

Rainiers are stunning in cocktails in place of fluorescent maraschinos (and are great on ice cream too). They'll start to darken after a month, but will taste even better.

Recipe: Brandied Cherries 

Mixed Greens with Cherries and Feta Cheese Balls

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Stephanie Spencer

Mixed Greens with Cherries and Feta Cheese Balls

Salty feta plays off cherries’ tart sweetness in this salad. Instead of crumbling the cheese, we coated balls with crunchy almonds for more texture and a nicer look.

Recipe: Mixed Greens with Cherries and Feta Cheese Balls

Giant Cherry Shortcake

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Stephanie Spencer

Giant Cherry Shortcake

This dessert is great for backyard barbecues: Make everything ahead, then quickly assemble and serve. The cake is denser and more buttery than classic shortcake.

Recipe: Giant Cherry Shortcake

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