Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread
Grab some fresh peaches and toss ’em on the grill! This Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread makes for one awesome summer meal!
It’s funny how some memories just stick with you. We were in Nashville visiting my sister recently. Her daughter (our niece) is almost 16 months old, so she spends her days toddling around the house pulling things out of drawers and feeding beans to the dog. But my sister pointed out that Blakely will likely not remember anything about our visit. That’s crazy, but so true. Those hours spent pushing her in her little car-shaped stroller. Those hours splashing in the pool. And, yes, those hours of toddler wailing. All will be forgotten by the time she gets older.
All of this talk about baby memories got me thinking. What are my earliest memories? I remember sitting on the floor of my grandmother’s house at Christmas eating crackers out of a tin can. I can’t say how old I was, though. Maybe 3 or 4? However, I know that by ages 6 and 7, I had developed long-term memories. (Experts say that babies and young children actually do have memories, but those memories just get replaced quickly as they grow.)
I remember sitting with my grandfather on the tailgate of his old grey pick-up truck eating peaches. Whenever we came to visit, he’d “ride me up” to the peach orchard down the street from his house, and we’d pick a big basket of fresh peaches. Then we’d sit on the back of his truck and eat a peach.
He carried this tiny little pocket knife with him everywhere, too. It couldn’t have been more than 2″ long, and he’d pull it out and slice up that peach right there for us to share. Like I said…it’s funny the things we remember. I can’t remember my 1st (or 2nd or 3rd, for that matter) birthday party. But give me a couple more years, and I remember exactly what that pocket knife looked like and the smell of those fresh peaches.
Needless to say, fresh peaches always make me think back to those days spent with my grandfather. I stumbled across some South Carolina peaches in the grocery store the other day, and I immediately filled my cart up. (My grandparents lived in upstate South Carolina, and South Carolina peaches are hands-down the best tasting peaches anywhere. Even my wife agrees, and she’s not from South Carolina!)
Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread
Aside from just eating those fresh, juicy peaches plain, I got to thinking about how I could use them in a recipe. That’s when it hit me. I wanted to grill those bad boys up! Grilled peaches brushed with a little bit of butter and honey make for an excellent summer dessert…especially if you serve them over vanilla ice cream. But I wanted to go a different direction with these peaches. I wanted to turn them into a savory dish.
I grabbed some of the Thin Crust Flatbreads from Flatout with the goal of grilling up these flatbreads while I grilled the peaches. Add in some ricotta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and you’ve got one heck of a tasty (and easy!) summer meal. We’re all about easy summer meals on the grill around here, and this Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread is right up there on our list of favorites now!
We used the Rustic White variety for this recipe, but the folks at Flatout also offer Rosemary & Olive Oil and Spicy Italian flavors in their Thin Crust Flatbreads. That Spicy Italian would be the perfect base for an Italian pizza with prosciutto, hot Italian sausage and fresh basil! Oh man, now I’m craving that combo for dinner tonight.
If you haven’t checked out these Thin Crust Flatbreads yet, then you definitely need to put ’em on your shopping list. They come in at just 120 calories each, and they make an excellent base for quick and easy pizzas. We wanted to incorporate the grill into this one since we are still in grilling season, but I’m guessing these will be great in the winter for easy flatbread pizzas in the oven, too. Since these flatbreads are long rectangles, I’m also thinking they would be perfect for making fun pinwheel-style sandwiches.
Did you make these Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbreads at home? Leave a comment. Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). Happy grilling!
Looking for more tasty recipes for the grill? Check out these other favorites, too:
Grilled Corn on the Cob Skewers
Citrus Grilled Salmon Skewers
Rigatoni with Grilled Veggies
Grilled Chicken Taco Wraps
Grilled Salmon Burgers
Grilled Peach and Ricotta Flatbread
For the Balsamic Glaze
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
For the Flatbreads
- 3 large peaches
- ½ Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- ½ Tbsp honey
- 2 Flatout Flatbread Pizza Crusts
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
For the Balsamic Glaze
- Add the balsamic vinegar to a small saute pan. Bring vinegar to a very light simmer, stirring occasionally. Continue stirring vinegar over low heat until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This will take ~10 minutes, and the vinegar will reduce by more than half. (See note below.)
- Remove from heat, stir in honey and set mixture aside.
For the Flatbreads
- Preheat grill to medium-low heat.
- Slice each peach in half and use a spoon to remove the pit.
- Mix honey with the melted butter and brush this mixture evenly on sliced sides of peaches.
- Place the peaches cut-side down on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Rotate peaches 90°F and cook for 3-4 more minutes, or until peaches are soft but not overcooked.
- Meanwhile, brush one side of the flatbreads with about half of the olive oil. Place on the grill oil-side down and immediately brush top (un-oiled side) with the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle salt across the top of the flatbreads.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes.
- Drop small spoonfuls of ricotta cheese evenly across top of flatbread.
- Continue grilling for 3-4 more minutes, or until cheese is hot and flatbreads begin to turn brown on the edges.
- Slice the grilled peaches into wedges and place on grilled flatbreads. Drizzle Balsamic Glaze and sprinkle Italian seasoning over the top of the flatbreads before slicing.
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I have had strawberry and balsamic before, but I haven’t had it with peaches. I definitely need to try that.
My earliest memory is on Halloween, going ghost hunting. It’s a strange first memory lol
Grilled peaches are amazing, Dannii! You definitely need to make those happen before the summer is over. And if you get inspired, try grilled peaches with honey and vanilla ice cream for dessert…yum! Ghost hunting? Yes! I want to go ghost hunting now!! Boo! 🙂
Fantabulous is what this is! I love grilled or poached peaches – but I’ve only ever had them in a sweet dish – never tried them in a savory dish before!
So – you are saving South Carolina peaches are better than Georgia peaches? Gah – and here I was thinking that since we had the almighty Peach everywhere, our peaches kicked the hineys of peaches nationwide!
I think my earliest fuzzy memory was of my grandmother when I was around 5 – but it’s real fuzzy – like a bad, beaten up, old reel of film!
I hear ya, Shashi! Georgia claims to be the peach state…but they actually can’t compete with South Carolina peaches. We would go down to the big farmer’s market near the airport about this time every year and buy a huge (HUGE!) basket of peaches from a South Carolina farmer. Ask for SC “free stone” peaches. They’ll be the best peaches you’ve ever eaten. 🙂
That’s an interesting isdue, David. I don’t remember many things…let’s say up to age 6 or 7 as well. I remember the day I first made a meal. I remember some events related to holidays. Surprisingly, I remember one dream I had at that age – that wasn’t nothing fascinating, but why do I remember at least the idea of that dream? That’s weird. But I’m quite sure if I had had this amazing flat bread those years, I would have had excellent memories about it! With ricotta and grilled peaches, that sooooooooo good!
Yeah…I’m thinking 6 or 7 has some solid memories. But before that is kinda shady. Just bits and pieces here and there. I love that you remember having a dream, but not the actual dream itself. And of course food needs to be involved in any key memory! Without food, it’s just an event…not a memory! 🙂
I LOVE grilled peaches and this ricotta flatbread combo sounds awesome! My earliest memories involve my grandparents too! I remember walking from my grandmother’s house to see fireworks one year for the fourth of July. My sister was just a baby in a stroller, so I must have been 4 or so. I also remember my first day of school and exactly what my kindergarten teacher was wearing – a blue dress with a white stripe down the right side
Wow…you remember what your kindergarten teacher was wearing on your first day of school? That is crazy!! How funny is it the things that we remember? Major life events? Nah. But what my teacher was wearing to school? Yup! Good times, Rachelle!
This is pretty much the epitome of a summery dish in my book! I’ve never had peaches fresh off the tree, but that sounds so perfect, picking and sharing peaches with your grandfather. Memory is a strange thing indeed, and I sometimes wonder if my earliest memories are even at all accurate. I seem to remember the day of my 3rd birthday, asking my mom if I could help bake the birthday cake and she said no…but she let me lick the batter bowl, which is probably what I meant by “help” anyway!
Oh my gosh…picking peaches is so much fun! My wife and picked some peaches several years back at a local farm, but before that I think it went all the way back to when I was a little boy picking peaches with my grandpa. Definitely see if you have any pick-your-own farms with peaches nearby. Hey, if you remember your 3rd birthday then that’s pretty awesome! I mean, it’s like you were destined to be a cake baker with memories like that. 🙂
David, I loved visiting Nashville! I want to go back soon! lucky that your sister lives there! love this flatbread!!! sweet + savory is the way to go .. always! will definitely look for these Thin Crust Flatbreads from Flatout!!
Yes! Courtney loves Nashville…she’s been there since college and just stayed. And now that my Mom has moved to Nashville, too, I suspect that she’ll be there for a long, long time. Which is good for us! And yes, check out these Flatout breads…they are perfect for quick and easy meals on the grill (or in the oven).
Hi David! Grilled peaches are perfect! I just made lasagna the other day and I have ricotta leftover, but I used the peaches I had for a crisp! 🙁 Since my husband is off on business, I have no wheels so I’ll have to wait til next weekend to try this. Some of my earliest memories are of time I spent with my Great Uncle Ernest at his cabin on a small lake – he taught me how to clean fish and catch tree frogs, much to my mother’s distress! He also taught me how to make goulash and, to this day, I still make it his way!
Hey, I can’t blame ya for using peaches for a crisp. Peach cobbler/crisp is one of my all-time favorite comfort food desserts. Wow, your Great Uncle Ernest sounds like a character! I remember cleaning fish with my grandpa, too…although I much preferred the catching part to the cleaning part. And goulash, huh? I bet your version is amazing!
Is it too early to predict that Blakely is going to be one epic Martha Stewart, minus the jail and illegal antics? Just a quick whizz through Courtney’s instagram feed showcases just that!
What a great correlation of the pizza to the memory of your grandfather- My earliest memory involves mine too- He taught me how to ‘balance’ by making me stand on the end of a homemade bench and catching me when I fell lol. Not the best… oh but he made amazing Persian fudge. I’ll need to steal the recipe from mum, it’s amazing. Okay now back to this…The flatbread looks amazing but the Italian sausage idea…BOOM.
Hah! I like your prediction there, Arman. Blakely will be better than Martha. She’ll be Blakely. And she won’t be a criminal either!
Hey, learning how to balance is a real feat. Sometimes I question whether I actually know how to balance. Or maybe I’m just clumsy. haha! And fudge? Did the Persians invent that, too? Ok, now I want pizza…and it’s not even 9am.
Nashville is the best, it’s one of my fave cities to visit. Once I had a room in a hotel backing onto the bars and I could hear the music at night. It was the best!
BTW I love this flatbread, a perfect combo of sweet and savory. Way to go man!
Man, that sounds like the most epic hotel room ever! Just open the window and listen to music from the honky tonks all night. Our visits to Nashville are a little different now that my sister has a kid, but they are equally as entertaining. Instead of country music, now we get toddler tunes all night long. 🙂
grilled peaches are awesome, love how quickly this recipe comes together 🙂
I’m all about quick and easy recipes, Manali! I mean I don’t mind playing in the kitchen on a bigger recipe project, but sometimes the best ones are those that come together in a snap…like flatbreads on the grill!
I love grilled peaches, all summer long! And ricotta with Balsamic!! Such a delicious combination, David! 🙂
Thank you so much, Savita! Grilled peaches are delicious…and they made for an awesome flatbread pizza with the ricotta. 🙂
This flatbread looks amazing! I saw the pictures and whispered “is that balsamic” out loud in a starbucks – sorry people, I got captivated, what can I say?! Pinning!
Haha! I totally just laughed at your comment, Medha. I’m picturing the other people around you in Starbucks wondering what in the world you are doing! Thank you so much!
Some of my favorite flavors here! I love how you took the flatbread in a dessert direction and what a good one it is. LOVE grilled or roasted fruit.
Strangely I can’t recall my earliest memory of childhood. Some people go WAY back and mine are around the same as you I guess. The picture of me cooking in my parent’s San Francisco kitchen is a fun memory (that’s on my About page). I would totally experient on Saturdays. Thanks David, these look quite tasty.
Grilled peaches are one of my all-time summer favorites! Check that…peaches are one of my all-time favorites no matter how they are used. 🙂 So it sounds like not much has changed over the years, Kevin. You still like to experiment in the kitchen…just like you did when you were a kid!
I think you knew I have some leftover ricotta that I needed to use 😛 Plus, I love peaches as well. What a great combo and lovely idea. Quick, easy and delicios!
Haha…I do indeed remember the leftover ricotta! Grilled peaches are one of our favorites around here in the summer. Toss them on a flatbread with that ricotta, and you’ve got one heck of a tasty summer snack! Thank you!
Oh wow this sounds amazing! I’ve been obsessed with peaches more than usual this summer. Ricotta is always good on anything 😉
I think my earliest memory at 3.5 is my parents leaving to go to the hospital to give birth to my sister.
I hear ya, Lauren! I’ve been loving peaches all summer…so I figured why not use ’em on the grill, too? Wow…what a cool memory! All I remember is eating cheese crackers, but your event is so much better! 🙂
I can’t disagree, South Carolina peaches are the best ( I may be a little biased). 🙂 I love how you combined sweet and savory in this recipe. I want a bite of this flatbread now!!
Hey, I knew you would agree with me on this one, Tamara! Georgia peaches might be good…but they just aren’t South Carolina peaches. 🙂 This flatbread is one heck of a delicious weeknight meal, too!