Intro: Grilled Pineapple Fruit Salad
When one thinks of the grill, fruit isn't always the first thing to come to mind. Here I'm gona show you to make one of the most spectacular and tasty treats you can make on the grill, made from fruit 'nyways.
Take that Kiteman!! Us Americans burn fruit in our "gardens" over the weekend, not just meat!!
Step 1: Materials and Ingredients
Well, to start you need a grill. I used a Weber kettle, and yes CHARKOAL IZ BETTA DEN GAZ!!
As far as the fruit goes, it's pretty open source. You need a pineapple, but you can cook up prettyy much any firm bodied fruit.
What I used:
2 Red Pears
1 Cactus fruit
Coconut flakes to top it off
Mango and kiwi are elevated to fruit ecstasy when grilled, and go like a dream with pineapple. I recommend keeping them as your "base" and customizing further with add-ons.
Step 2: Cuttin' 'em Up
Wash all fruit, including pineapple. Half all of the non pit fruit, lengthwise. Cut slightly to the right (or left) of center on the mango, cutting away the flesh from the pit (see image). Cut the pineapple in half, one side bigger than the other, leaving the crown on and cutting through it as well. The big half is what you'll scoop out and put the fruit in.
Step 3: Gettin' It on the Grill
Righto, fire up the grill. I use a chimney starter, much better than lighter fluid. Just for awesomeness, I took some pics of the fire on 1 second shutter. 'Nyways, you want a two zone fire, hot and not so hot. Dump/scoot all the coals to one side. Wrap the crown of the pineapple in foil, to keep it nice and pretty.
I'm terribly sorry about the pictures, they were taken at 4:30 in the morning in 27F weather under the light of Christmas lights.
Step 4: Cooking
Start by cooking the pineapple over the hot zone. You want to lock in flavor and moisture by charing it slightly cut side down. Move to cool zone. Place the rest of the fruit in the hot zone. Cook very quickly to lock in flavor, but don't char, move to cold zone. Cover and let cook ten minutes. Uncover, remove any done fruit (probably just the banana), flip fruit over (so now its skin side down). Cover let cook another ten minutes. Everything should be done on your next check. Remove from grill, scrape off any charring.
Step 5: Assembly
Remove any seeds from the pears, dice up fruit into bite size pieces. Run knife along pit of pineapple, remove pit and edible flesh, leaving skin whole. Dice up edible pineapple. Mix all diced fruit in a big bowl and spoon into empty pineapple skin. YOu will have to pour off a lo of juice form both pineapple and the bowl of mixed fruit. Makes a delicious warm drink. Let sit in pineapple for five minutes before serving.
Step 6: Finito
This goes great with ice cream, and is a sure hit at any party, as it makes an excellent conversation piece when displayed prominently on your table over the holiday season.
I'm willing to say nearly any fruit tastes better post grilling. Soon I shall figure out a vegetable dish...
Thanks for spending the time to read my second coking Ible,
Live long and prosper ya'll :)>-