Life’s A Peach

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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.

peach crostini

Osteria’s peach crostini

First Bites
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.

Main Events
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.

hatch's chicken

Hatch’s Habanero peach glazed chicken

Grand Finales
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.

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About Author

Raised in the land of casseroles and deep fried cheese curds, Sam Simma left rural Wisconsin for the mountains of Wyoming in summer 2012. Her appetite for adventure is the only thing that rivals her passion for food. She has always used writing to document and critique her travel and dining experiences. Her warmest memories among family and friends have been associated with the food that was at the center of the occasion. From staging cooking shows with siblings to perfecting turtle brownies with her dad, today Sam enjoys connecting people over food by hosting cookie decorating parties, wine pairing nights, and Midwest-inspired potlucks. A dessert fanatic, she has come to impress friends and family with key lime pies, Oreo bon bons, and Snickers ice cream cakes that are far simpler than they could ever imagine. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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