Since grilling is generally a healthful way of cooking, why limit yourself to the entrée? Go ahead and toss dessert on the grill, too. Grilled fruit is a light alternative to the rich cakes, pies and ice cream that often accompany summer barbecues.

Since grilling is generally a healthful way of cooking, why limit yourself to the entrée? Go ahead and toss dessert on the grill, too. Grilled fruit is a light alternative to the rich cakes, pies and ice cream that often accompany summer barbecues.

This recipe for grilled nectarines with blueberry preserves is a luscious and delightfully simple summer dessert. This combination of fruits is beautifully balanced, but you can use peaches and any flavor preserves you fancy.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

4 ripe nectarines or peaches

2 teaspoons canola oil

8 teaspoons blueberry preserves

Directions:

Prepare a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill to medium.

Halve the nectarines and remove the pits. Brush the cut side of each nectarine half lightly with oil.

Place the fruit, cut-side down on the grill and cook, uncovered, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the nectarines over and spoon 1 teaspoon of preserves into the cavity of each. Continue grilling until the fruit is tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes longer. Serve hot. v

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