When most people think about grilling, they think about barbecue chicken, burgers, hot dogs, and other grill favorites for outdoor barbecues. However, you can use your grill for a lot more than just meat dishes. You will even find that you can grill fruits out on the grill for tasty desserts that are good for you too.
Many fruits are perfect for grilling out. While some fruits, such as berries, do not work well right on the grill grates, many other fruits such as pears, apples, pineapple, bananas, apricots, and even mangos are perfect for the grill. Grilling the fruit helps to caramelize the sugar, which adds a great flavor to these fruity dishes. Here is a look at some great ideas and tips for grilling fruit.
Preparing Your Fruit
It is important that you know how to property prepare your fruit before you grill it for the best results. Some of the fruits can be halved and then cored and places on your grill in halves. Other fruits will take a bit more work. For melon and pineapple, large cubes can be placed on kebabs or you can grill thick slices right on the grill. Smaller pieces should always be grilled on kebabs or skewers, or you may even want to try a grill basket or a grill plate for this type of grilling.
Prepare the Grill
Of course, you need to prepare more than the fruit before you start grilling. Make sure that your grill is prepared as well. Ensure that grates are very clean before you put the fruits on the grill. To clean the grates, turn up the heat on high to allow residue to burn off the grates. A grill brush can be used to get off any leftover residue or ash. A neutral flavored oil should be used as well, such as canola oil. Use some paper towels and tons to get some of the oil on the grill grates. This way you avoid allowing the fruit to stick to the grill. It is also important that you remember that you will only need a few minutes to cook fruits on the hot grill. Usually kebabs or sliced fruits are only going to need just a couple minutes for each side.
Ideas for Serving
When you are considering how to serve your grilled fruit, you will usually find that simplicity is the best option. Grilled fruit goes great with a bit of vanilla ice cream for a tasty dish. Another option is to serve the grilled fruit with some mascarpone cheese or even a bit of crème fraiche on top. You will find that it makes a great healthy topping for pound cake as well. While the fruits that are done on the grill are great for desserts, they are also great additions to your salads as well.
Grill Rum Glazed Pears Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- ¼ cup of dark rum
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 cups of packed brown sugar
- 4-5 pears, halved and cored
- ½ cup of water
- Canola oil
How to Make It:
In a medium saucepan, heat the run on medium high. Allow to boil for a minute. After it boils slowly for a minute, add in the brown sugar, water, lemon juice, and butter. Let the mixture come back to a boil, whisking the entire time. Reduce heat and let mix simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
Heat your grill to medium heat. Oil the grates with a bit of canola oil. Take pears and put on the grill with the cut sides on the grates. Allow to grill for about 8-10 minutes. When pears are tender, remove carefully from the grill. Glaze pears with the cooled rum glaze and serve immediately. Top with ice cream or whipped cream.