Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Skillet Peaches

Fresh peaches, tossed in fresh lemon juice and skillet cooked in a buttery, brown sugar sauce with cinnamon, vanilla and a bit of whisky or bourbon, if you like.
Fresh peaches, tossed in lemon juice and skillet cooked in a buttery, brown sugar sauce with cinnamon, vanilla and a bit of whisky or bourbon, if you like. Shown here with my Grandma Mac's Perfect Pound Cake.

Skillet Peaches

Can y'all believe that here it is at the end of southern peach season - typically mid-May through mid-August - and I have barely eaten any fresh peaches?

I don't cook with them much, mostly preferring to take them as a fruit snack really, and the past few years, I've been ordering peaches from around the south that we don't get here. Somehow I missed it this year, and last year even. It was here and now it's gone, although you can still find some peaches around town, mostly from California. No doubt they're fine peaches too, but you can't match a local peach, and by local I mean the south - Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, of course.

Time flies! Life is kinda like that when you cross over the age of 50 y'all. It seems that time begins to accelerate at that point. Days turn into weeks that turn into months and something you thought happened a few days ago, ends up to actually have happened several months ago. Those months turn into years fast! It seems my first grandchild was born not long ago, but he's almost a preteen now. Geez, where is the time going and why is it in such a hurry?

These skillet peaches are reminiscent of our skillet apples in that they're good as a side, say with chicken or pork chops, over pancakes and waffles, or even spooned over ice cream. I've served these up with my Grandma Mac's pound cake and some ice cream, and for this version, I've thrown in a bit of Maker's Mark to make them even more tasty! Yes, you can simply omit that if you prefer - just add a little apple juice or water.

Here's how to make them.

Toss fresh peaches with lemon juice and set aside. You can also substitute frozen, thawed peaches and omit the lemon juice unless you want the added flavor. Melt butter in skillet and add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla, bring to a boil. Blend in bourbon, add peaches, cook, stirring regularly until peaches are well glazed. Spoon over pound cake, add a scoop of ice cream or a dab of whipped cream on the side and drizzle pan juices on top.

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Recipe: Skillet Peaches

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 20 min
Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 pound frozen thawed or fresh peaches (about 4 medium), peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup bourbon/whisky, optional

If using fresh peaches, toss with lemon juice. If using frozen, omit lemon; set aside. Melt butter in skillet and add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla, bring to a boil. Blend in bourbon, add peaches, cook, stirring regularly until peaches are well glazed. Serve as a side, spoon over pound cake or ice cream or just eat as is, drizzling pan juices on top.

Cook’s Note: For frozen, use 1 pound of no sugar added, sliced peaches, thawed. May also use juice or water in place of bourbon.

Grilled Skillet Peaches: Peel peaches, cut into halves and remove pits. Brush cut side with honey and sprinkle with brown sugar. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 400 degree F and place peaches, cut side down, over direct heat until well caramelized. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Melt butter in skillet, adding in seasonings and bourbon as above, cut peaches into slices, add to skillet and toss in glaze.

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  1. Mary, can you recommend a southern supplier that you particularly like for peaches shipped? Thanks!

    1. Let's see, I have bought from Hale's Groves of FL, The Peach Truck of GA, Pearson's of GA and of those Pearson's were the best! I bought some from NC but can't recall from who. Alabama peaches are at our farmer's market. They aren't cheap but it was nice to try them from all over!

    2. Thanks! I'm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and peaches don't roll in until mid-to-late September.

  2. Oh gosh, I love me some peaches. Great idea! I will be trying these soon.


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