The last week of August is upon us, and the steamy days of summer are now contrasted by brisk morning temperatures. Fresh produce stands are bursting with the flavors of late summer, and that includes ripe, soft-sided peaches. These fleshy fruits are a drupe or stone fruit, alongside plums, nectarines, cherries, and apricots. In Jackson, we found restaurants sweetening up all manner of courses with peaches.
Il Villaggio Osteria, in Teton Village, has had a strong summer after their spring renovations. These days, you can enjoy this Italian experience for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’re combining peaches with two Italian staples: bread and cheese. Osteria’s peach crostini pairs peaches with ricotta and gorgonzola cheeses. The bread and cheese flavors soften the sweetness of the peaches, making the dish a luscious start to any meal.
White meat is a peach’s best friend? Two Teton area restaurants are elevating pork with peaches. Trio’s grilled Iberico pork dishes up a 6 ounce and 4 ounce loin of Spanish pork served with roasted peaches, turnip puree, radishes, and rhubarb verjus gastrique. The Iberico pork comes from pigs that roam oak groves and feast on acorns.
Meanwhile, The Kitchen puts its grilled peaches on a Ballard Farms pork chop. The pork chop features alarillo rub, bacon-herbed farro, and a mustard-bourbon glaze. Here, the peach’s sweetness is softened by the grill, while the peaches cut through the mustard’s heat.
What about the other white meat? The feathered variety, that is? Hatch glazes mesquite grilled chicken legs with summer peach and habanero jam, and then tosses them with pickled onion, jicama, and pumpkin seeds.
Brush up your sweet tooth, because we found two peach desserts that are boasting the peach’s succulent sweetness, in addition to their respective dining views. Palate, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, provides stunning elk refuge views in addition to the masterpieces adorning the gallery walls. Adorning its dessert menu is berries and cream: a dessert featuring fry bread ice cream with lavender honey and peach compote. The sophisticated combination of flavors will have you believing you’ve become an art critic.
Enjoy your peaches at new heights, at the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Piste’s compressed stone fruit dessert features a full range of stone fruits, paired with meringue chips, burnt cream, and tarragon.
Go ahead, take a bite out of life, or peaches. Just make sure you have a napkin handy to wipe the juice from your chin.