Gorgonzola Grilled Plums with Maple Syrup, Walnuts & Chilies

Author Notes: We throw a few of these on the grill every time we fire it up, though they're easily made on an indoor grill pan, as well. And talk about a no-recipe recipe. This is all method. Play around with the ratios as you see fit. It’s going to be really, really difficult to end up with a plum that tastes anything less than fantastic.Emily Stoffel - the pig & quill

Serves: 2-4 (you can easily scale this for a larger crowd)


  • 5 plums, halved and pitted
  • 1 good glug olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes, plus additional for serving
  • plenty of salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces wedge Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled or in small hunks
  • real maple syrup
  • 1 handful toasted walnuts, chopped
  • lightly dressed baby kale, or other greens, for serving


  1. Preheat indoor or outdoor grill. Arrange baby kale or greens (tossed with your favorite lightly flavored vinaigrette or a little balsamic and olive oil) on serving plates.
  2. Toss plum halves with olive oil, thyme, crushed red chili flakes and salt and pepper, to taste. Grill, cut-side-down, until well-marked, about 3-5 minutes. Flip plums and nestle gorgonzola into the center of each half. Cover and allow cheese to just melt, about a minute or two.
  3. Remove plums to salad greens and drizzle with maple syrup, crushed walnuts and additional chile flakes, if you’re feelin’ the heat. Serve warm.

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