Grilled blueberries? that's right! The sweetness of blueberries is amplified when you put them on the grill for a few minutes. Ever had a blueberry pie? or blueberry cobbler? You know that warm rush of sweetness you get when you take that first bite? That's the same taste you'll get with grilled blueberries but without all the extra added sugar. If you're wondering how in the world do you grill little tiny blueberries on a grill...more on that in just a minute.
I'm completely hooked on grilled peaches! (and nectarines too!) Ever since I made my first grilled peach a few years back, I find it hard to have them any other way. The juices of the peach caramelize while the fruit is grilling and produce an almost brown sugar like glaze.
Grilled peaches are fantastic eaten all on their own, or paired with something a little tart (like Greek yogurt)
You'll want to cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. The variety of peaches you purchase makes a BIG difference on how easy it is to actually remove the pits. "Freestone" peaches are the best variety for this..because when you cut a freestone peach the flesh separates from the stone (pit). It "frees" the "stone" ..that's how I remember it. Conversely, the "Clingstone" peach is a variety where when cut, the flesh "clings" to the "stone" making it almost impossible to cut in half without mutilating the peach.
Brush the peaches with olive oil and place on the grill or grill pan for about 3-4 minutes until grill marks are visible. Turn over and grill for an additional couple of minutes.
I was planning on topping this greek yogurt parfait with fresh blueberries. That is until I decided to just throw a whole handful of blueberries onto the already hot grill pan to see what would happen. Is it possible to grill blueberries? and how would they taste? Wow! Why did I not try this years ago?! The blueberries started turning a gorgeous glossy deep blue color and they started sizzling as the sugars began to caramelize. Their sweet aroma was heavenly. O.K. no question about it, moving to Plan B- Greek Yogurt parfait with grilled peaches AND grilled blueberries.
Grilling the blueberries directly on the grill pan was no problem, but it would be problematic if you were using a regular grill. What to do? what to do? Ahh..you normally cook food in aluminum foil on the grill so I tested that out. I spread out a sheet of aluminum foil and placed the blueberries in the middle and folded all the edges to become a little packet. Worked perfectly!
Look at how glossy and gorgeous those blueberries become when they are grilled....
Cut the peaches into bite size pieces and place on the bottom of a parfait dish, add a scoop of frozen yogurt and top with heavenly grilled blueberries. The perfect dessert for a warm sunny day!
Grilled Peach and Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Parfait
- 2 large peaches or 4 small
- ½ pint blueberries
- 1 pint Greek Vanilla frozen yogurt
- olive oil to coat peaches prior to grilling
- Heat grill or a grill pan over medium heat.
- Cut peaches in half and remove the pits. Lightly brush peaches with olive oil. Place cut side down on grill pan and cook until grill marks are visible (approx. 3-4 min.). Turn peaches over and cook for an additional 1-2 min. Remove and let cool.
- Lay out two large pieces of aluminum foil. Divide blueberries and place in the center of the foil. Fold all edges to seal foil packet completely ( you may need to use two layers of aluminum foil). Place packet on grill or grill pan and let cook for approx. 5-10 min. until blueberries are glossy.
- Cut peaches into bite size pieces and divide between four parfait glasses. Add a scoop of frozen yogurt. Top with warm blueberries. Serve immediately.