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Grilled fruit is a welcome treat. Photo
Counterweight the heavy fare consumed over holiday weekends with a dessert that’s light, delicious and of course, easy.
A fruit salad (do you have time to carved a watermelon basket?) is always welcome; as are fruit skewers, easily made by adding cut fruits and whole berries to wooden skewers and inserting into a half melon placed face down on a tray.
But grilled fruit skewers are even more fun.
Here’s a basic recipe for grilling all fruits. (And you don’t need skewers—you can grill watermelon and pineapple slices, and halved tree fruits.)
For the recipe in the photo, which is courtesy Tom Fraker of Melissas.com, you’ll need:
1 ripe pineapple, cut into chunks
2 pints strawberries, washed and stemmed
Melissa’s uses its own Sugar Cane Swizzle Stix instead of wood skewers, and adds a dessert sauce. We prefer the natural, sweet flavor of the fruit without a sauce.
1. Carefully pierce a piece of pineapple with a swizzle stick. It will be necessary to make a pilot hole with a large wooden skewer first so you don’t split the fruit. Tthen do the same with a strawberry. Repeat the sequence until one skewer is complete, with two pineapple chunks and two strawberries per skewer. (If you’re using wood skewers, this step is not necessary.)
2. Repeat the procedure for the remaining Sugar Cane Swizzle Stix or skewers.
3. Grill the skewers directly on the grill or in a grill pan until you see grill marks. Turn over and repeat. Can be served hot or cold.
Want something more elaborate? Try these recipes:
Cardamom–Scented Tropical Fruit & Marshmallow Skewers With Apricot Sauce
Grilled Watermelon With Honey & Basil
Rum-Grilled Pineapple & Peaches (great over ice cream)
Shrimp & Stone Fruit Kebabs
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