4.20.2010

Grilled Fruits!

Summer is just around the corner, which for many of us that means........
BRING OUT THE GRILL
I love the smell of food barbecuing on a hot summer day. Nothing better than that.  Barbecuing is usually synonymous with burgers, hot dogs, and steaks.... but why not add some fresh fruit and veggies to mix.
see recipe below.


Grilled Fruit:
1. My fave are Kabobs. Most fruits work great when grilling.  Here are a few ideas.

  • Cut up apples, strawberries, and peaches into chunks, brush lightly with olive oil and stick onto skewer. To spice it up a bit add a sprinkle of cinnamon before grilling. 
  • Cantaloupe: Cut cantaloupe into chunks, brush with a mixture of honey, butter and chopped mint and place on skewers. Cook three to four minutes, turning the fruit to grill each side.

2. Bananas: Slice a banana in half with its peel lengthwise. Brush the cut side with a small amount of oil. Place the cut side down on the grill and BBQ about 2 minutes just until it is lightly browned. Turn the banana over and grill 2-3 more minutes until the banana begins to pull away from the peel.
For dessert, how about try banana boats?  Strip back one section of the peel leaving it attached. Cut a slit down the middle and stuff pieces of dark chocolate. Replace the peel and wrap the banana in foil. Grill for about 10 minutes, turning once.

3. Pineapple - I love grilled pineapple. Simply sprinkle cinnamon onto pineapple chunks. Grill the chunks, turning a few times, until browned, about five minutes.

4. Pears - Brush pear wedges with lemon juice and grill, turning a few times, until they begin to brown, about two to four minutes. These are great when added to a green salad!

5. Peaches & Berries - Fill peach halves with blueberries and sprinkle with cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Wrap in foil and grill for 15-20 minutes, turning once.

6. Grapes - slightly oil a bunch of grapes. Leave them on their stems and grill for 3-5 minutes, turning once.

7. Watermelon - I can't wait to try this recipe from Food Blogga.

Grilled Watermelon Slices with a Honey-Lime Syrup

Several slices watermelon
Some honey for brushing watermelon slices
Juice of 2 limes
the zest of half a lime
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons water
A few dashes of cayenne pepper
A couple of pinches of salt
Preheat grill to high. Cut watermelon into 1-inch thick slices. Brush each side lightly with some honey and place on grill. Grill until just browned, about 2 minutes per side. Place watermelon slices on a plate and drizzle with the honey-lime syrup.


Check back tomorrow for ideas on Grilling Vegetables! 

1 comment:

  1. This seems like an awesome idea. I'll try to remember to do this when summer is here!

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