Thursday, May 29, 2008

Grilled Fruit (and more)

Yes, I know it sounds strange. But it tastes really good. Over at The Natural Mommy, Beth is having a summer dessert recipe swap. So, I thought (with the help of my husband, the grill master) that I would post an easy grilled dessert, especially easy if you're already grilling. We usually put the fruit on the grill when we take the supper part off the grill.

Grilled Platanos
-Buy a few sweet plantains (yellow or blackish). I have been able to find plantains at Jewel while visiting the States. The blacker, the sweeter and less starchy. Or, buy some green ones and wait for them to ripen. You can probably use bananas as a substitute.
-Heat grill to medium
-Throw the plantain on the grill whole.
-Grill until plantain is very soft, turning halfway through (about 10 minutes).
-Cut in two lengthwise, leaving the halves in the peel. Serve with butter if desired. (Please don't eat the peel; eat the platano out of the peel)

Grilled Pineapple
-Buy a pineapple
-Cut off the rind
-Cut into circles (here the pineapples are sweet enough to eat the core)
-Grill on each side for 3-4 min on well oiled grates

And here's a bonus- a recipe from my Dominican cook book that I haven't actually tried but sounds amazing:

Platanos Maduros en Caldero (Sweet Plantains in a cauldron)
2-3 T butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2-3 whole cloves
2 overripe (mostly black), soft platanos (plantain), peeled and cut in half crosswise

Melt butter in skillet. Sprinkle with sugar. Cook until sugar is almost dissolved. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, platanos, and water. Cook over medium heat turning frequently until a thick syrup forms and platanos take on a glazed brown appearance, approximately 15-20 minutes. Serves 4.

I think I'll actually make this tonight. Yum, yum! I bet you could also substitute with bananas for this as well.

1 comment:

beth@thenaturalmommy said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, that sounds GOOD! And we grill at least twice a week in the summer, so it would be handy and easy, too. :-) we actually have a pineapple on our counter right now... Wonder when we'll grill next?