Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paleo/Primal Bacon Peach Recipes

With the summer bounty of peaches nearly over with, as well as it being National Peach Month, I've thought about some peach-related recipes that are delicious and can be eaten by Paleos and Primals with ease.

First up: a Peach Salad w/ Bacon, Walnuts, and Gorgonzola

Note: You could use a yogurt-based dressing here: honey dijon is just my preference.

Honey Mustard Dressing

* 1 tablespoon dijon-style mustard
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 3/4 cup safflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or best yet, use the bacon oil left over from frying the bacon for these recipes!

Thoroughly combine all the ingredients except the oil in a medium bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking madly until well-emulsified. I suppose you could use a food processor to do everything, but sometimes it is simpler and quicker to just use a whisk.

* 1 fresh peach, cut into 1/2" wedges
* Mixed greens (Romaine, Lollo Rossa, Rocket/ Arugula, Curly leaf lettuce, Frisée-- go crazy.)
* 4 slices of bacon
* 2oz Gorgonzola cheese (I used the kind made from goat cheese)
* A handful of walnuts, chopped

On a very hot grill, lay down all the peach slices for 2-3 minutes, or until they get dark grill marks, then set aside. Arrange the mixed greens in a bowl and wave the ham decoratively among them. Top with the peach slices, cheeses, and walnuts, then drizzle the dressing over.

Next up are: Bacon-Wrapped Peaches with Basil and Aged Balsamic


* 16 thin slices of bacon
* 2 medium freestone peaches—halved, pitted and cut into 8 wedges each
* Salt and freshly ground pepper
* 16 basil leaves
* 1 tablespoon olive oil, coconut oil, or bacon oil
* Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling


1. Lay the bacon 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 bacon to enclose the peaches.
2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add half of the wrapped peaches and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until the bacon is browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining peaches.
3. Lightly drizzle the peaches with aged balsamic vinegar and serve.

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