Flat white peach and Gorgonzola dolce canapés
This is one of the chief taster’s favourite canapés. I think it’s the contrast on the tongue of the sweet and juicy peach and the salty, creamy cheese. The slightly astringent sage cuts through before the richness gets completely out of hand.
Why gorgonzola dolce rather than piccante? The difference between the two cheeses lies in the ripening time. In the case of Gorgonzola dolce, the ripening time is 50 days, while Gorgonzola piccante needs to ripen for 80 days. The ‘dolce’ is creamier, sweeter, and it has a less pronounced flavour. ‘Piccante’ is a bit ‘in your face’ – sometimes just what you want, but it’s a bit too strong for this use. In Sardinia I sometimes use a mix of stratas of Gorgonzola and mascarpone.
It can be a tad fiddly, so I would advise against scaling up this recipe.
These can be quite a challenge to eat, so I suggest serving with napkins and small saucers.
Why white peaches? Because they are slightly sweeter and less acidic than yellow peaches. Why flat ones (which are sometimes known as donut peaches)? Because they tend to be slightly smaller than the round ones, a perfect size for these bite-sized canapés.
In the northern hemisphere peaches are in season from June to early September.
If you wanted to you could develop this concept into a salad – to find out how, follow this link.
Flat white peach and gorgonzola dolce canapés
Serves – 4
- 200g/7 oz gorgonzola dolce (NB not the ‘piccante’ type. Take it out of the fridge an hour or so before making)
- 2 flat white peaches (keep in the fridge)
- 2 tsps runny honey, ideally chestnut which is bitterer than most
- A stem of sage leaves
- Freshly ground pepper, or a pinch of Urfa pepper flakes
- 24 cocktail sticks
- Cut the peaches into quarters and remove the stones.
- Cut each quarter into three slices. Spread out on the chopping board.
- Put a dollop of gorgonzola onto each slice.
- Drizzle a little honey over each.
- Snip over the sage, so that the snipped pieces fall on the honey and stick on. This is not as fiddly as it sounds!
- Grind over the pepper.
- Anchor each peach slice and its topping with a toothpick.
- Serve… with small saucers and napkins as this can be a bit messy!
Note: I once couldn’t find gorgonzola dolce, so I used feta instead, and drizzled with pesto. It was good…but not as good.