Feel like trying something different with your grill? Fresh Grilled Fruits are perfect for the grill and grilled peaches, pineapple or mango is an unexpected treat. Almost all fruit can be prepared on the grill and will require only light cooking to bring out the best flavor.
Clean your grill with a wire brush to avoid confusing the taste of the fruit with residual flavors of food grilled before. Prepare fruit just before grilling because many will turn brown when exposed to the air.
The point of grilling fruit is not necessarily to cook it, but to give it a caramelized surface and warm it through. Use a low heat and cook until grill marks are clearly visible. Grilling time depends on the thickness of fruit slices. For example, 1/2-inch thick slices usually require about two minutes.
Grill slices of pineapple, apples, halved ripe peaches, thick slices of Bosc pear or fresh halved fresh figs. Even strawberries can be prepared on the grill. Thread a few on a bamboo skewer that has been soaked in water. Brush with powdered sugar and grill. For extra flavor, brush pineapple with a blend of butter, rum and brown sugar or apples with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.
Serve grilled fruit alone or pair it with cheese, honey or ice cream and top with toasted nuts. Our Summer Fruit Fantasy combines raspberry, peach and orange flavors in a delicious dessert sauce for drizzling over grilled fruit and ice cream.
You can also give grilled entrees updated flavor with fruit basting sauces and salsas. Orange marmalade, tomatoes and cilantro team up to make a sweet and refreshing salsa for grilled salmon. Combine strawberry preserves with herbs to add a sweet and tangy twist to grilled vegetables or chicken.
Some people are so hooked on enjoying grilled fruits with their other grilled foods that they keep a small propane or charcoal grill strictly to use for grilling their fruit. This ensures the flavors will never capture residue from other foods cooked on the grill previously.
How About That Watermelon?
Sliced, diced, balled, in fruit or savory salads, on the grill - yes on the grill - pureed into a smoothie or frozen into sorbet, there is no limit to the variety of ways to enjoy watermelon. Now we're going to tell you how to enjoy it grilled!
Grilled Spicy Watermelon Recipe
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey, divided
2 teaspoons garlic chili sauce
1 medium watermelon
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
Preheat grill to high. In bowl, whisk together lime zest, juice, 3 tablespoons of the honey, garlic chili sauce and salt.
Cut watermelon into 1-inch thick wedges. Lightly drizzle each side with remaining honey and place on grill. Grill until just browned, about 2 minutes per side. Place watermelon slices on a plate and drizzle with lime dressing. Garnish with cilantro. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Nutrition information: 120 calories, 2g protein, 0 fat, 31g carbs, 1g fiber, 45mg sodium.
Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
If you find you do enjoy grilling fruits, begin to experiment once you see how quickly and easily - not to mention delicious this can be. As long as you keep in mind not to cook the fruit for more than a few minutes, you cannot fail!
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