Serve these grilled nectarines with lightly sweetened mascarpone (Italian cream cheese) as a first course or a sophisticated dessert. Look for balsamic glaze near balsamic vinegar in well-stocked supermarkets or use honey for a sweeter taste. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2012

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  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Combine mascarpone, yogurt, sugar and 1 teaspoon tarragon in a medium bowl. Refrigerate while you prepare the nectarines.

  • Cut nectarines in half and scoop out the pits. Brush the cut sides with oil. Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the nectarines, cut-side down, until slightly softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.

  • Divide the nectarines among 8 plates. Fill each half with about 1 tablespoon of the mascarpone mixture and drizzle with 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze (or honey). Top with toasted almonds and more chopped tarragon, if desired.


Tips: To toast sliced almonds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won't stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

149 calories; 11.4 g total fat; 4.9 g saturated fat; 23 mg cholesterol; 14 mg sodium. 154 mg potassium; 10.4 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 2.9 g protein; 504 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 4 mcg folate; 39 mg calcium; 10 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;

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The perfect summer dessert This is a fabulous dessert and very easy to make. The combination of mascarpone yogurt and tarragon with the warm grilled fruit is just fabulous. I did not add the almonds and could not find the balsamic glaze but topping the fruit and cheese/yogurt with honey worked well. We will definitely be making this again. Pros: Easy healthy Cons: Balsamic glaze may be hard to find. Read More