Peach Caprese Panini

by on July 8, 2010

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You know the classic caprese, right? Ripe red tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil – it’s one of my favorite combinations, for a salad or panini. How about a caprese using fresh summer peaches?

The flavor affinities are all there. According to The Flavor Bible (which I often consult in new taste situations such as this – I talked more about this fantastic book last summer), peaches are known to taste great with basil, cream and salt among numerous other things. In my version I kept the basil, which seems to just love so many other summer fruits, like strawberries and watermelon. I used homemade fresh mozzarella, representing the “cream” flavor (and, yes, I’ll soon post about my cheesemaking travails!). Last year’s annual peach panini taught me that peaches love salty pork too, so I included some prosciutto for good measure.

This combination really worked for me. Like tomatoes, peaches are also sweet and a touch acidic so their flavor affinities are actually pretty similar. Peaches are definitely sweeter so, to me, they gave the overall sandwich a brighter, fresher taste. I could see trying this with pineapple as well. If you try it, let me know!

I made a “regular” heirloom tomato one for my husband, the purist. It was pretty fantastic too.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanne July 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm

There’s nothing that screams summer to me more than caprese. But I really love the sound of this peach version…time to mess with tradition!

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2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Sign me up for a peach panini (without the proscuitto, though I think it will be just as delicious that way)!
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3 Lauren July 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

This panini looks delectable! I am such an avid fan of adding fruit to otherwise savory dishes; in fact, I will soon be posting on my blog a recipe for pizza topped with nectarine slices. Stone fruits are downright delicious right now!

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4 Sandie {A Bloggable Life} July 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

It’s only 9 in the morning and you have no idea how scrumptious this panini looks to me! What an appetizing combination of flavors! I’ve picked up The Flavor Bible before, but ended up setting it back down as we were in a hurry. But it just so happens I have an Amazon gift certificate, so I see this book in my future 🙂 Mouthwatering images too, Kathy. The whole post is just delicious!

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5 Kathy July 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

Thanks, Sandie! It’s definitely a great reference to have on hand. They suggest so many flavor combos I never would have thought of (but you feel safe trying them if a lot of chefs say they’re good!).

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6 Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) July 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

Wow! This looks great! I have all the ingredients on hand except the peaches right now. There’s a bumper crop of local peaches though here in Texas this year so I’ll have to pick some up and try this out! Can’t wait to hear about your mozzarella making–my latest is to try making homemade yogurt–Greek and plain styles!
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7 Chelsea July 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I am obsessed with peaches right now — oh! What a clever way to eat even more. Yum! Yum!
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8 grace July 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

i predict that once i’ve eaten this, the traditional caprese will disappoint me every time. thanks a lot. 🙂
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9 Kathy July 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Aw, you’ll still love both – I promise 🙂

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10 Maria July 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I am in love with this panini! Great flavors!

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11 Esi July 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I need to buy some bread and try this immediately!!
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12 Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Great task on a caprese salad sandwich! A juice peace would go well all grilled up with melted cheese.

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13 Tatiyana July 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I can’t wait to try this out! It sounds like the perfect poolside lunch time sandwich…I never can get enough procuitto!

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14 Ingrid July 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

This looks wonderful!

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15 katie July 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

Looks so good Kathy! Funny how I, like peaches, also love salty pork. 🙂
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16 Kathy July 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I’m right there with you two – lol. 🙂

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17 Emily July 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Oh man, this sounds soooo good! That flavor combination sounds amazing.
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18 Ashley July 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

What a fantastic idea! This looks refreshing and delicious. Yum!
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19 Culinary Cory August 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Great combo of sweet and savory. This sounds yummy!
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20 Emmie August 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I went camping a few weeks ago with my husband and some of our family. I brought the makings for this because it sounded SOOOO good and we had a new panini press for over the campfire! I didn’t get to try it then, but I did get to make it at home last night with all fresh ingredients. Oh my goodness, this is so luscious! Sweet and salty and creamy all at once, with the bread all crispy… it made me feel happy to have a panini! Thanks for coming up with this great idea 🙂

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21 Kathy August 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

That’s awesome, Emmie! I’m so glad you liked it. I’m sure it will be fun to have your panini press on hand on future camping trips!

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22 Cindy August 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

Had to share how much I LOVED and savored each bite of my peach caprese panini. In anticipation of preparing myself this panini, I grilled some peaches the night (since we had the grill going that night) and refrigerated them for later use. The next day I pulled out all the ingredients for this recipe and anxiously waited in front of my panini press, listening to the toasting of the bread and watching until the cheese came oozing down the sides. Once the top was a bit crispy, the way I like it, I sat down and indulged! The flavors came through one by one. The saltiness of the proscuitto, then the creamy, fresh mozarella, the sweet grilled peaches, the subtle bite of basil was the perfect finish with the crispy bread. I gave my son a taste and he loved it too. He’s not one to venture out too much, foodwise, but quickly asked what was in it. It definitely was the most delightful homemade panini that has ever graced my plate. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

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23 Kathy August 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

Wow! That sounds fantastic. From your vivid description I felt as if I could savor it along with you. Thanks so much for sharing, Cindy!

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