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Perfect Summer Appetizer: Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches

When I saw this recipe for pancetta-wrapped peaches in the July issue of Food and Wine magazine, I knew I had to make it. The recipe takes four simple ingredients — peaches, pancetta, basil, and balsamic vinegar — and turns them into one incredibly delicious, perfectly balanced dish. The peaches are sweet and juicy, the pancetta is crisp and salty, and the basil is fresh and fragrant. The vinegar adds a light tanginess that makes this appetizer superbly gourmet. I brought them to a barbecue where they were paired with the host's refreshing, potent sangria. The coupling was the hit of the party! If there is one recipe you make this summer, make this one. To learn the technique,

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Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches

Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches

Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches

Ingredients

  1. 16 thin slices of pancetta
  2. 2 medium freestone peaches — halved, pitted and cut into 8 wedges each
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 16 basil leaves
  5. toothpicks
  6. Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling

Directions

  1. Lay the pancetta slices out on a work surface. Set a peach wedge at the edge of each slice, season with salt and pepper and top with a basil leaf. Roll up the pancetta to enclose the peaches and secure with a toothpick.
  2. Heat a grill to medium. Place the peaches on the grill and grill, turning so each side is cooked, until the pancetta is crisp and the peaches are soft, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a platter and lightly drizzle the peaches with aged balsamic vinegar and serve.

Makes 16 appetizers.


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OChottie OChottie 8 years
OMG make these! I just passed out the recipe at work and will make these as long as we have ripe peaches. So easy and so delicious. The crispy panchetta and the carmelized peach was amazing together. Even my picky eater loved these. Thanks Yummy!
OChottie OChottie 8 years
Ok, I'm making this tonight. I have everything on hand and this does sound amazing. I'll post again after.
nancita nancita 8 years
Ooooh, I have been loving savory peach dishes lately, and this sounds divine. I could see how the balsamic vinegar would really tie it all together.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
It looks so yummy but unexpected
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
This looks so incredibly yummy!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i saw this recipe as well and if i could avoid the pancetta i think that it would be great. i 'm always game for recipes that are fruits that are cooked in new ways.
Babycakes1234 Babycakes1234 8 years
Sounds like a perfect combo!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Stacey Cakes: I think nectarines would work wonderfully!
cleverparties cleverparties 8 years
This recipe sounds delicious. I would use aged balsamic vinegar for a more refined less tart taste.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 8 years
They sound so yummy! I have some nectarines...do you think they would work too?
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 8 years
yum
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
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