Grilled Nectarines with Mascarpone Cream

Grilled Nectarines with Mascarpone Cream

Serve these grilled nectarines with lightly sweetened mascarpone (Italian cream cheese) as a first course or a sophisticated dessert. Look for balsamic glaze near balsamic vinegar in well-stocked supermarkets or use honey for a sweeter taste.

From EatingWell: May/June 2012
Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  2. 3 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon, plus more for garnish
  5. 4 ripe but firm nectarines
  6. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  7. 8 teaspoons balsamic glaze or honey
  8. 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (see Tips)

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine mascarpone, yogurt, sugar and 1 teaspoon tarragon in a medium bowl. Refrigerate while you prepare the nectarines.
  3. Cut nectarines in half and scoop out the pits. Brush the cut sides with oil. Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill the nectarines, cut-side down, until slightly softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.
  4. Divide the nectarines among 8 plates. Fill each half with about 1 tablespoon of the mascarpone mixture and drizzle with 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze (or honey). Top with toasted almonds and more chopped tarragon, if desired.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 149 calories; 11 g fat (5 g sat, 2 g mono); 23 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 1 g fiber; 14 mg sodium; 154 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 2 fat