At a recent weekend
barbecue, the party hosts announced that "dessert was on the
grill," which turned out to be a produce parade of sliced sweet
potatoes, then mango halves and, finally, pineapple rings.
Our eyes were truly bedazzled with the colorful display, yet we
still harbored a silent prejudice that the grilled dessert would be
one of those "dieter's delights," i.e., chock-full of antioxidants,
aka "healthy," aka -- let's be honest, okay? -- the type of thing
that you eat only because you're on a diet.
Wrong, so very wrong. Blissfully wrong.
As we discovered from our benevolent hosts, the process of
grilling produce enhances the sweetness by caramelizing the
naturally occurring sugars. The end result, particularly for fruit,
is an item that's sweet enough to hold its own against the more
traditional & flamboyant summer custards, pies &
(Evidently, <smack!> sweet enough to attract mosquitos,
too: Mosquitos know a sweet thing when they see it.)
We then experimented with flavor combos & condiments.
Grilled sweet potatoes with butter and ground cinnamon. Grilled
pineapple with teriyaki dipping sauce. Grilled mangos with brown
sugar, though one of us spooned-out the contents and ate the fruit
with ice cream. A coworker from Monterrey, Mexico later suggested
trying a bit of salt, chile and lime juice to balance the sweetness
of the fruit. We're game!
Toss your own dessert on the grill with these Pineapple-Glazed
Fruit Basket Skewers.