Grilled Organic Pluots with Tieton Farm Bianca Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts
Tieton Farm and Creamery’s Bianca cheese, from the Yakima Valley, is a smooth and creamy chèvre-style cheese made with a blend of sheep and goat’s milk. It has a gorgeous, silky consistency and complex flavor. It pairs beautifully with the caramelized pluots and crunchy hazelnuts in this recipe. The dish is finished with a drizzle of thyme-scented honey and a scattering of berries. Summer doesn’t get much prettier than this!
- 8 firm ripe organic pluots Add to list
- 1 tablespoon olive oil Add to list
- 1 tablespoon honey Add to list
- 1 tablespoon lime juice Add to list
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves Add to list
- 4 ounces Tieton Farm and Creamery Bianca cheese Add to list
- 1/4 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts Add to list
- 1 cup summer berries in any combination Add to list
- 1/4 cup honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves Add to list
Cut the pluots in half lengthwise, remove the pits and place them in a bowl. Combine the olive oil, honey, lime juice and thyme leaves and gently toss with the pluots.
Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat and grill the pluots about 2 minutes to a side or until golden and sizzling.
Arrange 2 pluot halves in a pretty dessert dish or on a small plate. Place a spoon full of the Bianca on top. Scatter with hazelnuts and berries. Drizzle with the thyme-scented honey.
Recipe by, PCC Chef
Source: Demonstrated on KING 5's "New Day Northwest" show, which aired on August 15, 2012.
ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea
Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.
Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.
She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.
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