I love pineapple in any form. Sweet, juicy, delicious, it is one of the many nutritious tropical fruits. Pineapples are packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and and is low in fat and cholesterol too.
Apart from munching on the exotic ripe pineapple one can always indulge in the grilled version. I love to flavor it with minimal spices and toss in dark rum to jazz it up.
A perfect desert after a sumptuous meal or in breakfast or maybe as an evening snack. You can toss the grilled pineapple in a salsa or a salad too.
The trick is to pick up a fragrant, ripe golden color pineapple. If the fruit is just a little soft to touch then that is what you are looking for. Anything green is under ripe and spotty browns are over ripe.
Now that we have picked the right fruit, lay it on a chopping board and cut off both the ends. Make it stand and cut the skin in strips. Once the fruit is skinned, remove the eyes and dice it in circles or make wedges. It is up to you whether you want to remove the core or not. This time I did not but usually I do and make wedges instead of circles.
Now, to grill the fruit you can either use the traditional outdoor grill or oven grill and grill for 2-3 minutes or till the grill marks appear and both sides are nicely browned or use a non stick pan if you don’t not have the other.
Fresh Ripe Pineapple Slices – 6
Organic Honey – 3 table-spoon
Cinnamon – I/4 teaspoon
Lemon zest – I/4 teaspoon
Lemon Juice – 2-3 tbsp
Dark Rum (Old Monk) – 4 table-spoon (Optional)
Black Pepper powder – as desired
Red chili powder – as desired
Prepare the fruit as described above and collect all the ingredients at one place
Take honey in a mixing bowl, add cinnamon and other spices. Add lemon juice and dark rum to it and mix. Place the pineapple slices or wedges in it so they are fully covered with the marinade.
Heat the grill or oven (Preheat the grill at 400 degree Fahrenheit ). I used a non stick pan here. Heat the pan and glaze it with a little olive oil. Arrange the pineapple slices once the pan is hot. Keep the flame at low- medium as the slices will tend to burn easily as the honey caramelizes.
If you are using grill or oven arrange the pieces on grill tray and close the lid. Check in sometime and if both sides have a gorgeous deep golden brown tan, remove in a serving plate.
This is how it should look from both sides when grilling in a pan.
Do not throw the remaining marinade , brush it on the top of grilled slices.
Once done, arranged the slices in a serving plate. Serve hot as it is or with vanilla ice-cream or frozen yogurt.
Tip 1– You can use brown sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup or if you are adventurous then toss the pieces in marmalade with a little salt sprinkled over them instead of honey and it will blow your mind. I hate chocolate syrup with it but folks do use that too. (Too overpowering for me. Kills the natural sensuousness of the fruit) 🙂
You can top up the grilled pineapple with Vanilla ice cream and dulce deleche for a quick dessert.
Tip 2 – Try using fresh cracked black peppercorn and vodka instead of the above ingredients. It will tickle your senses like anything. Trust me, there is nothing like a spiced up juicy sweet pineapple straight from the grill.
Tip 3 – You can also try just the salt and cayenne pepper too. It rocks.
Tip 4 – Try just sugar and cinnamon for that quick treat.
Tip – 5 They go well in a margarita and on a Hawaiian Pizza.
Tip 6 – Try using wooden skewers or chopsticks for each wedge /slice. Makes it easy to eat and looks neat on a party table.
Enjoy this tropical delight and let me know your experience.