the summer season heats up, so do millions of backyard grills
and barbecues. Our instinctual love affair with cooking over
an open fire has evolved to include cooking just about anything
over a fire, including fruit. If you havent tried grilled
fruit, you will be surprised at how easy, quick and delicious
it can be. Grilling intensifies the flavor of fruit and softens
its texture. The natural sugars in fruit combined with a sprinkling
of sugar or a sweet marinade caramelizes the fruit as it cooks,
adding beautiful color and flavor.
The first step to perfectly grilled fruit
is to make sure that your grill is clean. After the grill
is clean, oil it so that the fruit does not stick. This can
also be accomplished with marinades that contain oil or butter.
fruit over a gas grill is easy and convenient, but grilling
fruit over a charcoal grill will add additional flavor that
you cant achieve with gas. Choose fruit that is barely
ripe this will make it easier to handle on the grill
and you wont compromise any flavor. If youre making
kebabs, try threading two skewers through the fruit to prevent
the fruit from spinning.
To add flavor, try rubbing spices such as
cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and/or allspice on the fruit.
You can also experiment with various marinades. Marinate fruit
in fruit juices or brandy or rum. The taste will amaze you!
Grilling fruit is not only delicious, easy
and quick, it is also low-fat, naturally gluten-free and casein-free.
Serve grilled fruit alone or with gf ice cream or soy ice
cream for a spectacular combination.
Any other reasons to try grilled fruit?
Yes! It is practically foolproof. Just about any fruit will
work, from nectarines and melons, to citrus fruits and bananas.
So, surprise everyone tonight and serve
anyone of these fantastic grilled fruit recipes!
Nectarines with Mascarpone Cream
Peaches with Blackberry Sauce & Ice Cream
Pears with Chocolate Nut Sauce