Roasted Grape and Ricotta Crostini Appetizer Recipe

Grapes are a go-to choice when making a fruit salad or charcuterie board, but they are so much more versatile than that! One of the most surprising things about grapes is how great they are when roasted. This super easy recipe using HMC Farms grapes is a great way to elevate your appetizers and small plate offerings from home gatherings to catered events.

What you’ll need for about 16 pieces of crostini:

  • 1 bunch of HMC Farms red seedless table grapes
  • Fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 medium-sized loaf of rustic bread
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: honey, balsamic glaze, or walnuts

Steps to roasted grape crostini bliss:

  • Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. Rinse the grapes and let them dry. Tip: We chose to use HMC Farms sliced grapes, but you can choose whether to slice the grapes in half or leave them whole.
  • Spread the grapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with thyme or rosemary sprigs, sprinkle with salt, and drizzle with olive oil. Toss the grapes a bit on the pan and then place in the oven for about 8 minutes, checking after 5 minutes.

    Tip: It’s okay for the grapes to split or wrinkle up, but avoid letting them burn.

 

  • While the grapes are in the oven, slice the bread to desired thickness (we prefer about ½”), brush one side with olive oil, and grill in a pan or on a griddle. Brush the other side with olive oil and flip. Remove from the pan when both sides look lightly toated.
  • Remove grapes from the oven and set the pan out to cool.
  • Spread fresh ricotta on one side of each piece of toasted bread. Add 4-5 grapes to the top of each piece, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme or rosemary.

Tip: These are great just the way they are, but there are also lots of options for additions to top off the appetizer. Try drizzling a little honey, olive oil, or balsamic glaze over the top, or even adding a few chopped walnuts!

 

Stone fruit galette recipe, as seen on Indy Style morning show

Stone fruit harvest is beginning to slow down at HMC Farms, so we are squeezing in as many ways to enjoy our delicious bounty as possible. One of our favorite quick and easy recipes for a dessert that’s sure to impress is a stone fruit galette. If you haven’t heard of a galette, it’s similar to an open-faced pie. It can be made using a single type of stone fruit, like peaches, or a variety of your favorites. In this case, we used peaches, nectarines, and plums to make a mixed fruit galette.

This recipe was featured on the Indy Style morning show by Lori Taylor from The Produce Moms. If you missed the episode, click here to watch how easy it is to make this crowd-pleasing dessert or brunch addition.

What you’ll need:

  • 6-8 pieces of HMC Farms peaches, nectarines, plums, plumcots, or summerwhites
  • Pie crust (pre made crust works just fine, but you can also make it from scratch)
  • 1/3 cup of sugar + 1 Tbsp for sprinkling (raw sugar can be used here)
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp flour or cornstarch to thicken the filling
  • Beaten egg or cream for the edges of the crust

Steps to the easiest impressive dessert you’ve ever made:

  • Preheat the oven to 375° and roll out pie crust on parchment paper on top of baking pan or stone.
  • Slice the HMC Farms fruit.

Tip: A lot of our HMC Farms peaches and nectarines are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit. These larger pieces can be sliced more easily that trying to separate each slice from the pit individually.

  • Combine all ingredients (except for the egg or cream wash and the 1Tbsp of sugar) in a large bowl and gently stir.
  • Place the mixture from the bowl in the center of the pie crust.
  • Fold the crust in about 2” in overlapping pieces to create a pleated look.
  • Brush the top edges of the crust with the cream or beaten egg, and sprinkle the remaining sugar on it.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, checking every 5-10 min beginning at 30 min.
    Tip: some of the juices will run out from the galette in the oven. Don’t be alarmed by this, but do prepare in order to prevent a mess in the bottom of your oven..
  • Remove galette from the oven and cool on a rack.

Caramelized Peaches Recipe

We love homemade ice cream! We actually love it so much that we occasionally make it at the HMC Farms office. Something about homemade vanilla ice cream on a hot day just makes everything better, but we like to elevate our ice cream just a bit with the topping we can’t live without: caramelized peaches.

This recipe is enough for about 14-16 bowls of ice cream.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 large HMC Farms peaches
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Start by slicing or chopping your HMC Farms peaches, discarding the pits. Place the peaches in a bowl and mix in the fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and cinnamon.

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a skillet on medium heat. Once the butter has melted and combined with the sugar, add the peaches and increase to medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.

When the juice from the peaches, butter, and sugar have reduced into a thicker consistency, remove the pan from heat and let it stand a little before serving.

Tips:

Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to split this into 2 different batches, the peaches should not be more than 2 pieces deep when putting them in the pan to cook.

Warm peaches are delicious, but if they are too hot they will melt the ice cream rapidly. Let the peaches stand a bit to cool before using them as topping for your ice cream.

Peaches straight from the pan are hot! When taste testing, let the peaches cool slightly to avoid burning your mouth.

If ice cream isn’t your thing, caramelized peaches can also be added to yogurt.

Vanilla Peach Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

Hot summer days call for frozen treats. HMC Farms peaches are in the peak of harvest in California’s Central Valley, so we try to include them in everything possible from baked goods to smoothies. One of our new favorite ways to use peaches is in peach smoothie pops, made with simple ingredients. These can be made using popsicle molds or popsicle bags.

What you’ll need for 8 pops:

  • 4 medium HMC Farms peaches
  • 2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Honey

3 steps to homemade peach smoothie pops:

  • Start by peeling the peaches and removing the pit.
    Tip: Many of our HMC Farms peaches are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit.
  • Add peaches, yogurt, and a drizzle of honey to a blender, and puree until smooth.
  • Scoop pureed mix into popsicle molds or bags and put in the freezer for at least 4 hours, until frozen solid.

Peach Salsa Recipe

There’s something wonderful about combining sweet and spicy foods. We love peach salsa because it is not only fantastic on chips, but as a topping for chicken, fish, and a number of other dishes. Our recipe for peach salsa can be made with HMC Farms yellow or white peaches, depending on your personal preference. This recipe is also great made with HMC Farms nectarines in place of peaches.

What you’ll need for 4 cups of salsa:

  • 3 medium HMC Farms peaches, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, minced
  • ½ a large red bell pepper (or 1 mini red bell pepper), diced
  • 2-3 jalapeños, diced
  • Small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper

Steps to peachy salsa goodness:

  • Start by chopping the peaches. Removing the peach skin is optional, but not necessary.
    Tip: Many of our HMC Farms peaches are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit.
  • Mince the red onion, dice the jalapeños and bell pepper, and chop the cilantro.
    Tip: For spicy salsa, use the whole jalapeño (minus the stem). For mild or medium salsa, remove the seeds and veins before dicing the jalapeños).
  • Combine all cut ingredients in a bowl. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir gently and let sit, preferably for about an hour, in order to let the flavors combine.

Show us your salsa! Tag HMC Farms in your peach salsa photos on Instagram (@hmcfarms) and Facebook (@HMCfarmsKingsburg).

Peach oat muffins recipe, as seen on Indy Style morning show

Peaches make a great addition to baked goods from breakfast to dessert. One of our go-to breakfast recipes at HMC Farms is for peach oat muffins. These muffins are a great way to incorporate HMC Farms peaches into your breakfast, and they’re easy to make. This recipe makes about 10 muffins, so you won’t have to recruit a soccer team to help you eat them. You may have watched Lori Taylor from The Produce Moms demonstrate our recipe on the Indy Style morning show. If not, you can watch the segment here.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium HMC Farms peaches
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar, packed (dark brown sugar will also work)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Steps to homemade muffin deliciousness:

  • Preheat the oven to 400° and either line a muffin pan with paper liners, or lightly grease the muffin wells.
  • Chop the HMC Farms peaches into small to medium chunks. There is no need to peel the peaches unless you prefer to do so.
    Tip: Chop peaches in the summer and freeze them to use in muffins during the fall and winter months.
  • Combine all dry ingredients except for the cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl (oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt).
  • In another bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the Greek yogurt and butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until combined well.
  • Gently mix the chopped peaches into the dough.
  • Scoop batter into the muffin pan, leaving 2 wells empty. These will not rise much, so fill them up to about the size you’d like them to be once they’re baked.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle over the top, using as much or as little as you’d like.
    Tip: for a fun twist, fill the wells halfway, add some of the cinnamon & sugar mixture, and top with more batter.
  • Bake for 20-26 minutes, checking every few minutes. The muffins are finished when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack until ready to serve!

Recipes to Celebrate Summer Fruit

 

White Peach Sangria Recipe

Summer has arrived, and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one! There’s nothing better than sitting by the pool with a cold drink in hand on a hot summer day. Like any good farmers, we like to incorporate our HMC Farms fruit into all kinds of food and beverages. Here’s one of our summer favorites: sparkling white peach sangria.

This is an adult beverage, but a modified version could be made with sparkling water instead of the alcoholic beverages in our recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 or more HMC Farms white peaches (more fruit = more flavor!)
  • 2 small clamshells of raspberries (or about 2 cups)
  • 1 bottle of white wine (we used pinot grigio, but sauvignon blanc would also work)
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne
  • 1 cup of peach schnapps

It’s best to start the process the day before serving, but if that ship has sailed, you can start a few hours before you plan to serve the sangria.

Begin by chopping the HMC Farms white peaches into small to medium sized chunks. Put the chopped peaches and raspberries into a pitcher, and add the white wine and peach schnapps – let this mixture sit overnight (or at least for a few hours). Add the Prosecco just before serving, and enjoy!

 

 

Please enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly.

Fruit and Cheese Board

Chances are, you’ve seen a perfectly styled cheese or charcuterie board on social media. While cheese, meat, and crackers can make any crowd pretty happy; we feel that no charcuterie is complete without our HMC Farms fruit.  The sweet flavors of our tree fruit and table grapes perfectly compliment the savory meat and cheese that are classic cheese board staples.

What you’ll need to copy our board:

  • 4-6 pieces of HMC Farms fruit
    • We used 2 plumcots, 2 nectarines, and a large peach
  • HMC Farms grapes
    • We used Bunchkins, which are perfect for this, but our other grapes work well also.
  • 3 kinds of cheese
    • We used 3 types of Vintage Cheese from nearby Bravo Farms: Dutch-Style Gouda, Chipotle Cheddar, and Classico (this one is a hard goat cheese) – we suggest using one cheese that crumbles well
  • 2 types of meat – salami, prosciutto, etc.
    • We used sliced peppered salami and dry salami nuggets
  • Crackers, crisps, or a sliced baguette
    • We used cranberry pumpkin seed crisps and mini Croccatini crackers
  • 1-2 kinds of nuts
    • We used raw almonds and cashews
  • Honey
    • We used chipotle honey from a local stand
  • Green garnish
    • We used oregano from our home garden, but rosemary is a beautiful accent.

The perfect board is a combination of beauty and taste. We started by placing our cheeses in three different spots around the board. We sliced the softer cheeses, and crumbled the hard cheese, while leaving it inside the rind for aesthetic purposes. Next, we sliced our HMC Farms peaches, nectarines, and plumcots, and placed them in three different spots on the board. We’ve found that the board looks best when the anchor items, in this case cheeses and fruit, are on different thirds of the board. Our jar of honey went right in the middle of the board.

Tip: A lot of our HMC peaches and nectarines are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit. These larger pieces can be sliced more easily that trying to separate each slice from the pit individually.

After placing the stone fruit, we added our Bunchkins Champagne grapes. These petite bunches of fun practically scream charcuterie board, and we are still in their narrow window of availability. Once the Bunchkins have completed harvest and are no longer available, try replacing them with our delicious HMC Farms California table grapes.

The open spaces remaining on the board were then filled in with the salami and crackers, followed by the nuts and garnish.

Tip: An easy way to make sliced salami look fancy is to fold it into quarters (in half once, and then in half again so that it is shaped like a slice of pizza) and then wedge it together with the rounded side up.

Honestly, we had to hold back the whole office to take photos of the board. It was promptly devoured as soon as we finished the photos. You can expect a similar reaction when serving a fruit and cheese board at your next BBQ, game night, or book club. People love these delightful mini buffets, and HMC Farms fruit will elevate your board to the next level.

We hope you enjoy our fruit and cheese board guide. Tag us in your fruit and cheese board photos on Facebook (@HMCfarmsKingsburg) and Instagram (@HMCfarms)!

 

P.S. We learned how to make cheese boards from @ainttooproudtomeg on her Instagram feed. Check it out for ideas on different types of board styles and ways to elevate your cheese board game.