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Throw Dessert on the Grill

Throw Dessert on the Grill

Grilled PineappleAt 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 & cobblers.

(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.

 

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