June 2020

Grilled Peach Toast with Pimiento Cheese


2 firm-ripe peaches, halved and pitted
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon blended oil
1 medium-size ripe avocado
4 ½-inch thick slices multigrain boule-style bread
pimiento cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup thinly sliced red radishes (about 3 ounces)
1 bunch watercress (or arugula, or curly mustard greens)
1 teaspoon gray sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

pimiento cheese
4 bacon slices
1 tablespoon blended olive oil
2 small red bell peppers, stems removed, finely diced
2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons hot sauce
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives


Preheat a grill to medium-high (450°F). 

Brush the peach halves with 1 tablespoon of the blended oil, and place on the grill grates, cut sides down. Grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear and the juices begin to release, about 3 minutes. Remove from the grill, and slice. Set aside.  

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, pit, and brush cut sides with 1 teaspoon of the blended oil. Place halves, cut sides down, on the grill grates. Grill, uncovered, just until the avocado is charred and begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill. 

Brush the bread slices with the remaining tablespoon of oil, and place on the grill grates. Grill until the bread is toasted, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the grill. 

Spread pimiento cheese onto 1 side of each piece of toast. Cut each piece into 4 equal rectangles, keeping the pieces together.  

Scoop the avocado from the peel into a medium bowl and mash with 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil until it is chunky and spreadable. Spoon onto the toast, and top with sliced peaches

Top the toast slices with radish slices and watercress leaves. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over the toast slices, and sprinkle with gray sea salt and black pepper. Note: If watercress is unavailable, arugula or curly mustard greens can be substituted.

For the pimiento cheese: Cook bacon in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels; chop. Reserve 1-tablespoon bacon drippings, and set aside. Wipe the skillet clean. 

Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the blended oil and the red bell peppers. Cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the bacon drippings. Add the adobo sauce, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in bacon, mayonnaise, vinegar, hot sauce, dry mustard, granulated garlic, and black pepper

Combine the cheddar cheeses, cream cheese, and bell pepper mixture in a large bowl. Stir in the chives, and serve at room temperature.  Makes about 3 cups.

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