Grilled Peach Salsa

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Grilled Peach Salsa

You probably don’t know this, but I don’t have a grill. Since I love to cook so much, I know this makes no sense, but I’d rather utilize my over and cooktop to create amazing meals.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like that great grill flavor. So I have a grill pan. It is so nice and gives that classic charred flavor we all love about grilled food.

Grilled Peach Salsa

I also love spicy foods. I love them so much, I often find my eyes watering and lips tingling at the end of dinner! That kick of flavor is so welcoming to my taste buds.

So I combined my love of my grill pan with my love of spicy foods to create a Grilled Peach Salsa with some of my favorite summer ingredients: peaches, cucumbers, avocados, sweet onions, cilantro. And I served it alongside another summer favorite, wild Alaskan salmon. Yum!

El Yucateco Hot Sauce

Since I didn’t have any hot peppers in the house, I added spice to my salsa by using El Yucateco Red Habanero and Green Habanero hot sauces that I picked up on my most recent trip to Meijer. I used them both because they hit different flavor notes. The Red is made with habanero peppers, so it brings the heat! It has a great pepper flavor though, instead of just tasting like vinegar like some hot sauces.

El Yucateco

The Green Habanero also packs a punch of heat, with an added kick of garlic that I love because garlic is one of my favorite foods. El Yucateco also has a Caribbean Habanero Sauce that has carrots in it, so it’s slightly sweet with mild heat. I can’t wait to check that out! It sounds so unique.

The Red and Green Habanero Sauces combined go together really well and blend well with my other ingredients. It’s that contrast in flavors that makes this a dish I will prepare over and over again.

Grilled Peach Salsa

The spicy sauces match with the creamy avocado and sweet peaches. The warm peaches hit different notes than the cooling cucumber. I also added a bit of black pepper because it strikes a different note than the hot sauces.

This dish screams summer. It would be great alongside steak, chicken, another type of fish, or even just with some chips for an easy summer meal. Which flavor of El Yucateco do you want to try first?

Grilled Peach Salsa

Grilled Peach Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

2 peaches, pitted and halved

1 large sweet onion, chopped

1 large avocado, diced

1 large cucumber, peeled and diced

½ cup cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce

1 tablespoon El Yucateco Green Habanero Sauce

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat grill pan over medium heat. Once hot, oil the peaches slightly with canola or olive oil and place flesh side down for 2-4 minutes. Check frequently so they don’t burn, you only want to warm them slightly and get a hint of color. Once done, remove them from the pan and allow to cool slightly.

In the meantime, place onion, avocado, cucumber, and cilantro in a serving bowl. Dice the slightly cooled peaches and mix them into the bowl. Stir to combine. Add the sauces and black pepper and stir until fully incorporated. Serve alongside salmon or your protein of choice. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Serve with your favorite protein or simply with chips!

http://piesandplots.net/grilled-peach-salsa/

Sunshine Cocktail

Sunshine Cocktail

When I go out to dinner, I always order a drink. Often I am amazed at how delicious and complex restaurant drinks are. They seamlessly combine so many ingredients to create a symphony of flavors that go together perfectly.

I used to think I couldn’t recreate that type of thing at home. I used to think the same thing about my favorite restaurant dishes, but then I learned the ones that I make can be just as tasty if not more so. Once I realized this, I knew I could make some outstanding cocktails as well.

Sunshine Cocktail

And with some trial and error, I have outdone those expensive restaurant drinks. My latest creation is what I named the Sunshine Cocktail because it’s such a happy vibrant color and has flavor to make.

Alizé, a French liqueur made with premium French vodka, passion fruit nectar and other exotic flavors, inspired me. As soon as I saw the bottle, I couldn’t wait to make a recipe. It’s so glamorous and sophisticated, and created a drink with those qualities as well.

My test of liqueurs is being able to drink them straight with ease, and this is so awesome on its own. It’s one of the smoothest liqueurs I’ve ever tried and that sweetness from the passion fruit shines through without being overpowering.

Sunshine Cocktail

This means that it mixed perfectly in my drink as well, paired simply with fresh orange juice, a little champagne, and a couple sliced strawberries. Whether you want to serve it at a party, sit outside on a warm summer evening, or even have this as a fun brunch drink, you have to make it.

Alizé is available nationally in Gold Passion, Bleu Passion, infused with cherries and ginger, and Red Passion with cranberries. I can’t wait to try all three and see why life is more fun in color. Which flavor do you want to try first?

Sunshine Cocktail

Sunshine Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients

2 ounces Alizé Gold Passion

1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

3 ounces champagne

1 sliced strawberry

Instructions

Pour Alizé and orange juice into a glass. Top with champagne. Add sliced strawberry for garnish. Serve immediately.

http://piesandplots.net/sunshine-cocktail/

I participated in the Alizé Passion blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

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