Grilled Peach Pizzettes with Balsamic Brown Sugar Sauce ~ A Guest Post by Como Water

by kitchenarian on August 17, 2011

I recently contacted Tiffany of Como Water about participating in Vegan Week here on The Kitchenarian. She was so nice when she responded and said that she would love to participate but wanted to let me know that she was not vegan. What…whoa..what do you mean?

I went once again to Tiffany’s site and started looking closely at her ingredients. OK, there is butter substitute…tofu…oh hey wait, there’s an egg. Well, of course, once I saw this I wanted her to participate all the more.

During this week, I have wanted to look at why people become vegan, but also at the same time, why someone would almost be vegan but choose not to completely adapt the vegan lifestyle. Once I read Tiffany’s story, I was convinced that she has the right approach to eating and that we can all learn from her.  I have followed Tiffany’s blog, Como Water, for a long time. She makes meatless meals look and sound so incredibly tasty time and time again. I am thrilled to feature her story and her recipe today. Thank you Tiffany…

First, I would like to thank the Kitchenarian for allowing me to feature a vegan dish during her vegan week! I love her blog (especially Muffin Mondays!) and was truly, truly honored when she asked me to contribute. And with that… onto these lovely summer pizzettes!

Truth be told, although my food blog features a fair amount of vegan cuisine and while I do eat meat and dairy free most meals, I am not vegan. Nor do I think that all people should be vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter. Among relatively affluent societies, eating is tied to preferences and often to choice, and for that reason, most of us are lucky enough to eat what we prefer and choose. However, what worries me and is the major reason I feature (and choose to eat) vegetarian and vegan food, is that people eat based upon preferences and choices that are uninformed. We eat what those before us have eaten. We eat what tastes good without knowing where our food comes from, how it is raised or reared or processed or harvested. And we eat without truly knowing what our food means for our health, longevity, quality of life, and the lives of those near and far. This “blind” eating is due to a host of factors, which I will not get into, but in realizing that I, too, was a “blind” eater, with age, I have sought out more and more information on food and our food system. This information has not led me to forego donuts or French fries, but it has led me to eat these foods with awareness. And it has also led me to put vegetarian and vegan cuisine at the forefront of my diet and of my blog. Vegetarian and vegan cooking and baking doesn’t have to sacrifice flavor and hopefully after taking at look at my vegan dessert pizzettes below, you’ll see this first hand!

These grilled peach pizzettes are the perfect summer dessert—fresh peaches, fresh basil, and balsamic brown sugar sauce to tie it all together. Originally, I wanted to make and use a nut butter as my “pizza sauce,” however my food processor wasn’t powerful enough to make a butter and the nuts turned to a meal instead. And I’m glad they did! The sunflower-cashew meal added great texture and contrast for the sweet peaches and sauce. I made these pizettes for an old neighbor who was visiting DC for the weekend. The verdict? She licked her plate. I kid you not, she literally licked the plate clean! 😀

Grilled Peach Pizzettes with Balsamic Brown Sugar Sauce

Ingredients:

2 large, ripe peaches
olive oil
sunflower-cashew meal (see below)
balsamic brown sugar sauce (see below)
cinnamon sugar (see below)
whole wheat pizza dough
flour
basil—cut in a chiffonade for garnish

Method:

*Pre-heat grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Cut peaches in half. Remove and discard seed. Lightly brush cut side of peaches with olive oil. Place the peach halves cut side down on grill/pan. Grill for 5-8 minutes (resist the urge to move the peaches!). Turn the peach halves a quarter turn and grill 2-3 additional minutes. Remove peaches from pan. Set aside (you should have peaches with gorgeous grill marks!).

*Clean pan/grill. Keep pre-heated. Lightly sprinkle flour on to counter or tabletop. Add pizza dough to floured surface. Roll out pizza dough to approx. 1/8 inch (the dough will be very thin). Cut the pizza dough into desired shapes/sizes (I went with the rustic look). Brush the top of each piece of dough lightly with olive oil. Place oiled side directly on to grill/pan. Grill 3-5 minutes. Lightly brush second side of dough with oil. Flip and grill the second side. Remove the dough from the pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.

*Slice the peaches into ¼ inch slices. Arrange 2-3 peach slices on each piece of grilled pizza dough (depending on how large you cut the dough). Sprinkle approx. 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of nut meal on each pizzette. Drizzle each pizzette with the balsamic brown sugar sauce and top with basil. Enjoy!!!

Sunflower-Cashew Meal Ingredients:

1 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds
½ cup roasted and salted cashews
1 ½ tablespoons agave

Method:

*Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until the mixture resembles a course meal.

Balsamic Brown Sugar Sauce Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Earth Balance
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

*Melt Earth Balance in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in brown sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in balsamic vinegar and vanilla extract. Serve warm (reheats well!).

Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients:

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar

Method:

*Mix ingredients.

 

 

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JL goes Vegan August 17, 2011 at 5:48 am

Tiffany, this recipe is amazing! I love grilled peaches. I have whole wheat dough in the freezer and can’t wait to try it!

I think your philosophy of food awareness is right on. I always say that I went vegetarian because of animals, I went vegan because of my diet and I remain vegan because of the animals. The more I learned about food and how it gets to the table, it all came full circle for me.

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Liz August 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

Oh, those grilled peaches look amazing!!! Great and yummy guest post Tiffany! And I first read this as “Vegas” not “Vegan” week…I think I need some more caffeine!

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Tiffany August 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

Thanks JL! And I loved your guest post as well!

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Kathy August 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

Beautiful! I love grilled peaches! Great post!

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Tina@flourtrader August 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

I believe all of us could educate ourselves more about the foods we eat and the foods available to us!
This is a very unique and tasty way to showcase the lovely flavor of peaches-well done Tiffany!

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yummychunklet August 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

This sounds simply delicious! I bet it would taste wonderful with a dollop of creme fraiche.

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Primal Krista August 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

The balsamic brown sugar sauce sold me. This looks fantastic – you got some great shots (made me hungry)! Also, this blog is lovely…going to check out some other posts. Thanks for sharing!! *following*

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RavieNomNoms August 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

Simply gorgeous! I love the flavors you have going on here. Everything would just come together so nicely. Thanks for the post!

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Parsley Sage August 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

Tiffany, gotta LOVE this recipe. First off ‘pizzettes?’ Mwa ha ha! There’s your evil genius at work. Kick ass sauce too. You make meatless look so darn enticing…

Great guest post, Kitch! Thanks for hosting one of my favs 🙂

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Nikki August 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

I remember also being surprised when I realized Tiffany isn’t vegan!

Tiffany – this looks DELICIOUS! And I think most everyone can completely relate to what you wrote about “blind” eating. I was a blind eater once too and I’m so grateful that I saw the light, so to speak. I love your post.

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lavieenfribourg August 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

I love this idea, I have never seen something like this before!

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Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’d almost be tempted by this dish to become vegan – great flavours and excellent grill marks Tiffany!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite August 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

If this is what being Vegan is all about then count me in 😉 Dessert pizzas are a huge YES for me!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

i love the cashew sunflower mixture – what a lovely way to give some streusel to these peaches!

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Val August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

What a beautifully unique recipe. I love it for being so different to everything else and at the same time unquestionably delicious 🙂

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Bonnie Banters August 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Oh my this looks fabulous and I’m sitting here getting excited about and showing my daughter the photos! Can’t wait to try it!

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Happy When Not Hungry August 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

These pizzettes look beautiful! Nice guest post Tiffany!!!

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I would love to try this. The grilled peaches look so awesome!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Another great recipe by Tiffany! Very well written post too. Love to read your story, and hear about why you made the decision you did!

Kitchenarian – Loved your post about no bake nutella being with a spoon out of the jar. Saw it again today, and it just makes me laugh 🙂

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Nelly Rodriguez August 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

What a gorgeous post! Love the Cashew Meal!

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Manu August 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm

FANTASTIC idea for a summer dessert! I love these pizzette and I am glad your food processor was not powerful enough to turn that meal into a butter or there would not have been this extra crunch in there! Yum! 🙂 Thanks for having Tiff over, I am a big fan!!! 🙂

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Ann August 18, 2011 at 12:02 am

This is stunning! Congratulations on a FABULOUS guest post! I’m a fan of both your sites….wonderful to see you together!

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Tiffany August 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

Thank you everyone for your comments! Thank you again Kitchenarian for inviting me!!! 😀

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sarah August 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Nice work Tiffany! Gorgeous recipe!

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Becky August 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

Tiffany,
A great guest post, and thank you for explaining “blind eating.” You pizzettes are gorgeous, vegan or not. I love grilled fruit, especially peaches.

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Kate @ Kate from Scratch August 19, 2011 at 9:35 am

This looks delicious. I love grilled stone fruit in the late summer. So delicious.

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Jen A. August 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

Beautiful post! I completly agree. I waiver between pescetarian and vegetarian and I do not drink milk. I was a huge meat eater and I ate all types of crap until I actually realized what I was putting in my body, I also adopted a dog who is the love of my life and I could never eat him, so I decided to stop eating land animals! I do not insist that other people in my life adopt my habits because I cannot stand when people belittle me for not eating meat! Thanks again for the amazing post! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

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sensiblecooking August 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

YOu might have just turned me into vegan with this beautiful peach pizzettes.

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Magic of Spice August 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

This is absolutely fantastic Tiffany!

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Terra August 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Wow, These look amazing! I love love grilled peaches! The sauce sounds like a great compliment to the grilled peaches:-) I love following both or your blogs, happy to see you together! Hugs, Terra

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