When the sunshine stays with us and makes our days longer, I am always looking for ways to stay outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. When I came across this recipe I knew it would be a great dish to enjoy while doing just that. This can be served as a light appetizer or savory dessert. I enjoyed it with friends and paired it to perfection with the dry, crisp 2011 Vermentino.

Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh apricots, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup sweet white dessert wine, such as Isabel
  • 1/2 cup of fresh, soft goat cheese such as chèvre

Place apricots in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the dessert wine over the apricots and let marinate for 30 minutes. Remove apricots from mixing bowl and place on a cookie sheet. Allow the apricots to rest for at least 20 minutes to make sure liquid sets in fruit.

Turn the grill on to medium heat, check to make sure the grill is clean and slightly greased. Once warmed, place the apricots directly on the grill cut side down. Grill on cut side down for about 4 minutes and then turn over and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from grill and top each fruit with a spoonful of goat cheese. Serve immediately. This recipe serves about 6 – 8 people.

Recipe adapted from Wine Bites

Lindsay Neumann

–What is your favorite fruit to grill?