Peachy Keen for Fall Flavors

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Although the peach is far from a superfood, it can play an important role in health as part of a balanced diet. Oh, and one more thing in case it slipped your mind -- peaches are delicious!! One of the fun things for me about cooking is combining flavors to create wholesome dishes. Sometimes, you get to combine ingredients and flavors that don’t seem like they should go together. And yes, this sounds a bit strange. But let’s consider meat and fruit. You might recall some classic dishes, such as turkey with cranberry sauce or lemon pepper chicken. These familiar meat and fruit pairings are delicious, yet the idea of using both fruit and meat in the same dish is undoubtedly a little controversial. For example, you might know someone who cannot forgive the crime of putting pineapples and ham on pizza. Intuitively, you might not consider meat and fruit to be perfect flavor companions, but you will find that their sweet and salty relationship does work.

Fruit adds a sweetness or even tartness to salty meat. The main challenge with fruit and meat is finding the right combinations. When the right types of fruit and meat are paired with each other, this extra contrasting dimension enhances the flavor and appeal of the dish. 

The strong taste of beef is friendly to sweeter fruits, such as apricots, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, pineapple, plums, and prunes. Citrus and the more acidic fruits are less suitable. With the innate sweetness from the fruit lending the meat a tasty flavor, these two food groups, meat and fruit, may not seem to be the likeliest pair. But when fruits are correctly paired with various types of red and white meat, don’t underestimate this synergy that adds more color, flavor, acidity, sweetness, lightness, and nutrients to the dish. It’s always a complex bite filled with surprises. 

When salty meat is part of the concept, bacon might be the first option that comes to mind. And fortunately, one of my favorite “comfort foods” is a grilled cheese sandwich, which not only lends itself easily to the addition of crispy, salty bacon but is also the perfect candidate for a touch of slightly spicy ginger and rich, sweet peach. From the warmth in your hands to that Instagram-worthy cheese pull, this classic just got better by adding bacon and our newest product -- Harvest Ginger Peach Spread! The bold combination of sweetness from tree-ripened peaches, the spice of ginger, and the subtleness of other spices create a unique flavor of autumn in this versatile spread suitable for all occasions. This flexible recipe is easy to make your own by choosing cheeses that you and your family love, using your favorite sandwich bread, and even by adding your own top-secret ingredient like fresh spinach, mint, or basil.   (

Grilled cheese is all well and good -- warm and comforting and the perfect accompaniment to hearing old family tales around the kitchen island or table, but let’s get to a little more “challenging” perspective --  -- a pot roast! Seriously, people...You can’t deny that when the rich flavors and the silky mouthfeel of beef gravy are involved, everything else can just fall away from your thoughts on how food should make you feel as you eat it. Now change that up just a tad by including our Harvest Ginger Peach Spread, and get ready for nostalgia with a flavor surprise which will be the beginning of a whole new collection of warm, sweet family memories.

At Bellisari’s, we’re all so excited to be introducing our Harvest Ginger Peach Spread this fall. This surprisingly versatile sauce with the summer flavor of peach along with surprising hints of spice, brings an underlying taste reminiscent of the autumn harvest and combines beautifully with the savory flavors of a chuck roast. Happy fall, y’all, from all of us at Bellisari’s!

Bellisari's Harvest Ginger Peach Spread jar on leaves.

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