Is there anything better than fresh peaches in the summer?
Here in Texas, peaches are plentiful, especially in the Hill Country around Fredericksburg, but are also grown on orchards in other parts of the state.
Family-owned Efurd Orchards, located east of Dallas in Pittsburg, sells several varieties grown on over 15,000 trees on the property.
With summer’s abundance, there comes a frenzy around here about this time of year.
People are canning them, freezing them, and putting them in their oatmeal.
Anything to get just one more taste of a Texas summer peach.
13 Delicious Things to Make With Texas Peaches Before They’re All Gone
The seasons are gonna change, y’all, and fresh peaches won’t be so easy to find, so get ’em now and whip up all the delicious concoctions you can. Summer peaches will all too soon be giving way to fall pumpkins.
Here are 13 things to do with Texas peaches before they’re all gone.
From smoothies to salads, think peach!
This overnight oats recipe from Quaker Oats combines peaches, chia seeds and cinnamon for a delicious make-ahead breakfast.
Camille Styles makes this delicious blend of summer peaches, kale and coconut water for a yummy and refreshing smoothie. Love the addition of a striped yellow straw!
You’ll feel better in your swimsuit for the last few dips in the pool if you munch on meals like this light lunch from Joanna Gaines. Yum. Peaches and mozzerella cheese. Win, win.
Grilled Chicken Salad With Peachy Vinaigrette
After enjoying a similar salad at a restaurant in Amarillo, my daughter and I created our own version at home. For an easy weeknight dinner with all the taste of summer, you can’t beat this grilled chicken salad with peaches. We use a dark balsamic instead of white in our version of the dressing, and you can serve the vinaigrette on the side if you prefer. Layer grilled chicken and sliced peaches on a bed of pretty greens, sprinkle a few glazed pecans around the plate and decide if you want your peachy vinaigrette drizzled over the top or on the side. Add a goat cheese medallion from Trader Joe’s or some crumbled feta, too. That’s about it. Oh, but be sure to throw in some purple”unyer.” Gotta have that.
Put everything in the slow cooker and come home at the end of the day to a peachy pulled pork? Oh, yeah. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
Everything Ina Garten makes is scrumptious, if you ask me. Therefore, we should all try her recipe for Peach Cake this very summer and serve it on the patio with coffee. How bad can that be?
Two distinguishable flavors melt together in Pioneer Woman’s recipe for this peach crisp. Ree Drummond says we all have to try it before the year 2074 or something like that – but why wait? Life’s short. Make the peach crisp.
Peachy goodness in a cast-iron skillet – wonder if you could make this Peach Buckle for dessert in a Dutch oven over a campfire??
This peach cobbler recipe comes from San Antonio Woman’s website, and it looks amazing, doesn’t it? San Antonio women know all kinds of helpful stuff – and desserts, too, of course.
If the peach cobbler needs a nice dollop of something cold and creamy on top, how about adding a big scoop of Buttermilk Peach Ice Cream. Yep. That’s a definite show stopper of a peach dessert.
Do you ever taste something so rich, so creamy, so luscious that it makes you close your eyes and shake your head? Like, Oh, Lord, Jesus, I must be dreaming. Your taste buds are coming alive in some new and previously unknown way, all senses on high alert? That’s exactly what happened to me when I had the first spoonful of my steel cut oats and sliced peaches this morning. Okay, I know. It doesn’t take much to excite me. But those peaches were soooooo good. Just think what might happen when I make this Copycat Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake from Meatloaf and Melodrama, for crying out loud. Someone may have to pick me right up off the floor.
Goodness, I guess the only thing better than eating Texas peaches would be to slather a homemade concoction of squished ones all over your face? I’m game, but if you try it before I do, promise to let me know if you survived, okay? Because that might be a come to Jesus moment right there. One of those “I can just go on now” occasions. Like when your Mama says, take me, Lord, I can now die happy. Well, that’s probably a little dramatic. But seriously. I’m tying my hair back and trying this one to-night, my friends.
Juicy Peaches All By Themselves
Besides all the above ways to enjoy Texas peaches, perhaps there’s no better than biting into one from a basket like this one.
Get ’em while they last at your local Farmer’s Market or head straight to a Texas orchard in your neck of the woods.
However, if you live in a part of Texas that doesn’t grow these lovely fruits, you can find good ones at your local grocer or Sam’s Club.
Which one of these peachy recipes will you try first?
Encouraging a life filled with everyday intentional adventure, and maybe a little peach juice on your chin,