Beyond S’mores: Grilled Fruit is Perfect for Summertime Desserts

by Pamela

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Grilled fruit is the perfect companion to all of those grilled meats of summer. Throw a slice of grilled pineapple on a burger and you’ll never miss the tomato. A foil pouch of grilled peaches makes the perfect glaze and side dish for either grilled pork chops or ribs and grilled mango will give a touch of the tropics to your favorite salsa recipe. But how about making your entire dinner easier on you? S’mores aren’t the only dessert that can be made over a fire. Grilled desserts will keep you outside, with your guests, and allow your kitchen to stay cool with no oven and few dishes clean up. And did I mention that grilled fruit is a lot lower in fat and calories than that other summertime dessert aka ice cream?

Alright, this post isn’t about bashing ice cream. As you all know…I do love my ice cream. But sometimes you just want/need to lighten things up a bit, but you just don’t want to sacrifice dessert. With grilled fruit as your dessert, you don’t have to.

Like I said earlier, grilled fruit is a fantastic way to lighten up some of your classic grilling recipes. Even if you don’t want to think about reducing calories on some of your favorite summertime dishes, serving them with grilled fruits just gives them new flavors and new life to the tired recipes you’ve been making year after year.

If you’ve never had grilled fruit before, you’re in for a definite treat. Grilling the fruit caramelizes all of those natural sugars so that the outside layer has a slightly smokey¬† and really rich sweet flavor, and maybe a little crispiness from some char, like you’ve never tasted on a fresh peach, mango or piece of pineapple before. It makes all of your favorite fruits taste like something new and unexpected.

Of course you can find lots of different recipes for grilled fruit, online. As I mentioned earlier, a foil pouch of grilled peaches is great to slather over pork. Usually you would include things like some brown sugar, ginger, salt, cinnamon and maybe some rum or bourbon to help create an even more flavorful sauce out of the peaches. Many people like to make a glaze of honey and lime juice to brush on their pineapple spears before grilling them. This adds even more flavor to the fruit. But I think plain grilled fruit is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats.

But we’re talking about desserts here. Plain grilled pineapple, mangos and grilled peaches all by themselves make for a really satisfying dessert. Of course, you could make up some whipped cream and a simple fruit syrup to drizzle over top of the fruits if you think you want to dress¬† up your grilled desserts a bit.

Another way to use grilled fruit is in place of simple fresh fruit in your dessert recipes. Grilled peaches make for the perfect fruit in a peaches and biscuits dessert. Or you could use them for peach shortcake, if you don’t want to make biscuits.

But grilled pineapple makes a great side dish or dessert all on its own. It doesn’t taste like the pineapple you’re used to. The grilling gives it a flavor like it’s been rolled in brown sugar. Think pineapple upside down cake…but just the pineapple part and no cake or weird plastic cherries (that’s what it tastes like).

So this summer, when you’re thinking about grilling out, don’t forget you can make your desserts and side dishes on the grill too. Easy fruits to grill include pineapple, mango and peaches. But just about any fruit can be grilled. For smaller fruits, like berries and cherries, all you need to do is get a grill basket to keep them from falling through the grates.

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Riley June 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I love to grill fruit, especially in the summer! Looks stunning!

anna June 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Gave me a great idea.Thank you for sharing

Alex @ Intoxicology101 June 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’ve always heard of grilling fruit, but I’ve been pretty sheltered to it growing up. I think i’ll give the pineapple a try. Cheers

Pamela June 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Alex, try muddling some grilled pineapple in a cocktail. Trust me on this…it’s really good.

Belinda @zomppa June 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

Grilled fruit is such an underappreciated delight!

Pamela June 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Isn’t it though? And any leftovers from dessert can be re-heated (or eaten cold) later. Or…I sometimes chop up the leftovers and make up a fruit salsa with them.

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