Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits because they are extremely versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. And how could I not adore something which is found in the fabulous Italian cocktail the Bellini, classically made with peach puree and prosecco.
However, even with all of the options available, I found myself unable to decide what to make with the beautiful peaches I bought at the farmer’s market.
My mind kept wandering back to grilled peaches. The heat of the grill would carmelize all of the sugars in the peach which would create a wonderful crust. But what would I serve with the peaches? I could have gone the dessert route, add some vanilla ice cream and call it a night but I still needed to eat dinner.
It was a gorgeous night outside and wanting to take advantage of great grilling weather I decided I would make grilled pork chops. But not just any pork chops. These pork chops would be bursting with flavor from a spicy rub and finished off with a kicked up peach salsa.
The recipe below is easy and requires very little time to prepare. And since the pork chops are grilled, it is a great choice for summer when you can’t bear to be stuck inside the kitchen.
The salsa recipe makes a little more than is needed for the pork chops but I’ve included some additional uses at the bottom of the recipe. Trust me, it won’t go to waste!
Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Peach Salsa
Additional uses for salsa:
♦ Peach salsa crostini: Slice either ciabatta bread or a french baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices diagonally. If using goat cheese, grill sliced bread then spread goat cheese on top and place 1tsp salsa on each crostini. Can also use brie cheese by placing thinly sliced brie on bread and placing in the broiler for about 1 minute. Place 1 tsp of salsa on each crostini.
♦ Spice up sandwich wraps: Use the salsa in your everyday sandwich wrap such as turkey or roast beef to give some it extra flavor and heat.
♦ Use to spice up a plain omelet