Make the most of fruit’s natural sweetness on the grill. Yep, the same grill that cooks your favorite steaks and burgers caramelizes the natural sugars in fruit and enhances flavors in a way that no other cooking method can. The fruit can shine on its own or be a component in an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert.
Firm and just-barely-ripe fruits cut into large pieces are the best candidates for the grill. Cooking softens the fruit, and you want it to hold its shape and not fall through the grates! Use skewers or a grill pan for smaller fruits like grapes, strawberries or blueberries. The simplest grilled fruits are low in calories and full of nutrients, so you can indulge guilt-free in large serving sizes.
Use a medium-low flame or indirect heat to grill fruit. Fruit cooks in just a few minutes per side, so stay close to get it off the heat as soon as it’s done.
For the purist, there’s nothing better than fresh fruit grilled on its own, either completely naked or with just a few added flavors to please a more sophisticated palate with a touch of the unexpected.
Sweetened with honey and kicked up a notch with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper, this is an unexpected blend of flavors. The fruit is the focus, but the cayenne is a pleasant surprise, tempered by the sweet honey glaze.
Smokey caramelized fruit adds a sweet surprise to meaty main dishes. Pineapple is a popular grill partner with chicken, but we’ve included some grilled peach and plantain recipes, too.
Why be predictable? Try grilled fruit with goat cheese, chocolate, sorbet and more, and you’ll never look back! Appetizers, salads and desserts are all delicious grilled fruit options.
So elegant! These appetizers look uber-fancy, but they are really easy to make. Timing is everything, so watch them carefully on the grill to make them just right - don't let all the the goat cheese melt away!
Unexpected combinations of hot and cool fuel this salad surprise. Grilled pineapple, hot peppers and cool cucumbers make a refreshing summer salad. A little bit sweet and a little bit hot - maybe like you??
The kids will love these, so make plenty - you'll want some, too! S'more-like, but with bananas! The preparation couldn't be easier (make the kids help!) and the foil wrap makes the cooking time very forgiving.