Jalapeño Vanilla Peaches with Buttermilk Cheese may sound like a strange combination but this dish actually taught me an important lesson about seasonal cooking: less is more.
Chefs often talk about “letting the ingredients shine” and I didn’t really know what that meant until I tasted the Jalapeño Vanilla Peaches at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s such a simple combination but the jalapeño and vanilla perfectly complement the ripe peaches, creating tons of flavor with few ingredients. I like this served with a bit of fresh vanilla buttermilk cheese, but if you’re short on time or energy, feta works nicely or no cheese at all is wonderful too.
Since the jalapeño has the seeds and ribs removed, it provides a subtle spiciness and peppery flavor without too much heat, acting as the perfect balance to the sweet peaches.
Save this recipe for when you have the ripest, sweetest peaches of the season.