Peach season is the best season! And any time I can pair fruit with cheese, I’m jumping on it. This grilled peach bruschetta recipe is a celebration of ripe, juicy peaches and creamy blue cheese in an easy, elevated summer appetizer.
We absolutely love this one!
I have always loved pairing cheese with fruits, and I think fresh peaches and blue cheese are one of the best pairings around.
Grilling the peaches has the same effect as baking peaches in a pie or cobbler – the flesh starts to caramelize when it’s heated and becomes softer and sweeter.
The caramelized peaches paired with the tangy, pungent blue cheese is truly a match made in heaven.
Even people who aren’t total blue cheese lovers still love this easy summer appetizer!
What’s in this Grilled Peach Bruschetta recipe
When I say easy, I mean easy. Like, five ingredients easy. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ripe peaches. Even a little underripe is okay. The peaches will soften when they hit the grill anyway, and if they’re overly ripe they might fall apart.
- Blue cheese. Because we are cutting the sharpness of the blue cheese with cream cheese, you can really go nuts when you select the blue cheese you want to use. I go for the really stinky kind. My favorite blue cheese is Bayley Hazen. If you can’t find it, not to worry – the gold standard of blue cheese, Stilton, is always a great bet. Stilton cheese is widely available at most grocery stores.
- Cream cheese. I’ve used full fat and reduced fat cream cheese in this recipe and they both work.
- Italian bread or baguette. Be sure to buy an unsliced loaf so that you can control the thickness of the slices.
How to Make Grilled Peach Bruschetta
Preparing the bruschetta
Start with softened cream cheese and blue cheese. It’s much easier to stir them together when they’re at room temperature.
Get your grill preheated and slice your bread and peaches. Everything will go onto the grill at the same time.
Brush the bread and peaches with a little olive oil and load them onto the grill. If you feel more comfortable using a grill pan for the peaches, go for it! I like to see the grill marks on my peach slices, so I’m careful in placing each slice directly onto the grates.
It should take less than 5 minutes for your baguette slices to reach a golden brown color on both sides and for your peaches to caramelize and show grill marks.
Once everything is off the grill, all that’s left to do is assemble the bruschetta.
Assembling the bruschetta
Smear the blue cheese mixture onto each piece of toasted bread. Top with a few peach slices. Then, drizzle the toasts with honey.
A final sprinkle of blue cheese and some fresh thyme make these toasts look picture perfect.
How to serve grilled peach bruschetta
This grilled bruschetta is a great way to kick off an outdoor meal. It’s best served within an hour after it is prepared.
Enjoy this feast of sweet peaches as an appetizer or even a dessert on summer nights. It goes so beautifully with a crisp Rose.
You could also serve it as part of a main meal, alongside simple grilled chicken, fish or steak and a green salad.
Variations on this grilled peach bruschetta recipe
Here are a few ways to experiment with the summer-fruit-and-cheese-combo that makes this bruschetta with sweet summer peaches so delicious:
- Play with different cheeses. Try tangy goat cheese or ricotta cheese instead of blue cheese for a milder flavor profile.
- Make balsamic peach bruschetta. Drizzle a sweet balsamic glaze instead of honey. Or make your own balsamic reduction by heating balsamic vinegar in a saucepan until it becomes syrupy.
- Try different herbs. I love fresh thyme on this peach bruschetta, but other delicious herbs like fresh basil or sage would be amazing too.
Can you make this grilled peach bruschetta ahead of time?
You can definitely prep the components of this recipe in advance. Combine the cream cheese and blue cheese in a bowl and store the mixture in an airtight container.
Slice the peaches and keep them refrigerated. Slice the bread and keep it in a Ziploc bag. Then, all that’s left to do is grill and assemble.
When you make this summer favorite, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more easy summer appetizers, try these:
For more recipes using summer fresh produce, try these:
- Zucchini Rollatini with Summer Marinara
- Homemade Blueberry Pie
- Fried Goat Cheese & Cherry Salad with Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette
Grilled Peach Bruschetta Recipe with Blue Cheese
- 1 loaf of Italian bread cut into slices
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 oz. cream cheese room temperature
- 4 oz. blue cheese room temperature
- 4 peaches
- honey and fresh thyme for garnish
- Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Wash peaches and remove the pits. Slice peaches into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange peaches in a single layer on a cutting board or baking sheet. Brush the top sides with olive oil.
- Slice baguette or Italian bread and arrange in a single layer on a platter or baking sheet. Brush the top sides with olive oil.
- Mash the cream cheese and blue cheese together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Place bread and peaches, oiled sides down, onto the grill grates. Brush the tops of the peaches with oil. Leave the tops of the bread dry. Grill 3-4 minutes until grill marks appear, then flip. Grill an additional 3-4 minutes and remove from grill.
- Spread blue cheese mixture onto each toast, followed by 2-3 peach slices. Finish with chopped thyme leaves and a drizzle of honey.