A Squared: What's For Dinner Wednesday: A Dinner Fail & A Dessert Win

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's For Dinner Wednesday: A Dinner Fail & A Dessert Win

Have you ever experienced a dinner disaster?  Like, you spent time making an entire meal that was then physically impossible to eat?  Well, that happened here.  I mentioned in another post that when we visited the Green City Market I found these great little cherry peppers that I was so excited to cook with.  I'd only ever had them before from the grocery store olive bar or on an antipasti platter.  They're normally marinated-- almost pickled-- and stuffed with a creamy cheese.  They have this great sweet and spicy flavor.  So, my thought was wouldn't it be great to grill the peppers and some onions and then serve them with an orzo salad in a tangy vinaigrette with goat cheese to play on those marinated pepper flavors?  

Dinner at least looked good, right?

After giving it a try, I now understand why they pickle them.  I also now know why after spending an hour googling recipes involving cherry peppers, the only ones that came up were for pickling and marinating them.  They are hot.  REALLY hot.  So hot that even my habanero loving husband could only stomach one pepper.  Epic dinner fail.  But, I guess they can't all be winners.

Once we were done with this super spicy meal we were dying for something sweet.  I also figured we could use something moderately healthy since we dumped the vegetable component of our meal in the garbage.  We had an abundance of peaches in the fridge so we whipped up this quick and healthy dessert to round out our meal.




Grilled Peaches with Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:
  • 1 large ripe peach, sliced in half with the pit removed
  • Extra virgin olive oil spray
  • 1/2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. sliced almonds, toasted
  • Vanilla frozen yogurt, for serving
  • Additional cinnamon, for serving

Heat the grill to medium high heat.  Spray the cut sides of the peaches with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Gently press the brown sugar mixture into the peaches and place on the grill cut side down.  Grill until softened and grill marks begin to appear.  Turn the peaches over and grill on the skin side for an additional 2-3 minutes and remove.

Place each peach in a bowl and add a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.  Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with almonds, and add a dash of cinnamon.  Serve immediately.

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