Fruit and vegetables on the grill are becoming more and more
popular. I have a perfect fruit recipe for the vegetarian, or
anyone who loves fruit. This is the perfect little dessert to
polish off a nice meal.
You can cook it while you're cooking your
dinner and leave them until afterwards. The idea here is to just
warm the fruit through and give it a nice grilled flavor on the
outside. We don't want to cook the fruit entirely or it will turn
to mush and fall off the skewer. This is a great recipe to do on
a gas grill. There's no preparation and maintenance to stress
over. Just turn your burners on to medium heat and place the
skewers on and rotate a few times while brushing a glaze on.
These skewers would also make a fantastic lunch all by itself.
We'll need to make a trip to the grocery store and grab a few
items, very few. We want a bag of wooden skewers, a small bag of
brown sugar if you don't have any already, a small bottle of real
apple juice, one really ripe and fresh cantaloupe, one pineapple,
also super fresh and ripe, a few green baking apples, a few
bananas (or bushel, whatever you call them) and 2 lemons. Make
sure all your fruit is as fresh as possible. One possibility
would be to pick up your skewers and sugar from the store, and
then pick up your fruit from a roadside farmers stand.
The rest of this recipe is a breeze. Before we start on the
fruit, we want to make a really simple glaze. Pour 2 cups of the
apple juice into a medium sized pot and place on the stove. Add ½
cup of brown sugar and a nice pinch of salt. Turn the heat to
medium-high and let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium
and let it bubble down and reduce until there's roughly ½ to ¾ of
a cup left. You will see it thickening up and looking more like a
gravy or sauce than apple juice. After this has reduced, remove
it from the heat and allow it to cool. You can leave it in the
pan. No reason to dirty another dish.
Place as many skewers as you'll be using into some water to soak.
Generally, we're going to use around 8 pieces of fruit per
skewer. Pour 1 cup of cold water into a bowl. Mix in ½ cup of
sugar, stir until almost dissolved. Next, squeeze the juice of
both lemons into the bowl, throwing the lemon pieces in the bowl
also. Now, we're going to cut up that fruit.
Start with the apples, peel and dice the apples into 1 inch
cubes, immediately putting them in the sugar/lemon solution.
Repeat these steps with all the fruits, all being cut into
roughly 1 inch squares. We want to start arranging the fruit on
the skewers. You can go in any order you wish, just make sure to
alternate fruits. After each skewer is complete, you can place it
back into the lemon mixture bowl. This will stop your apples from
Make sure your grill is set to medium heat and allowed to heat up
for at least 10 minutes. Oil the racks well with a neutral
flavored oil such as vegetable oil before placing the skewers
down. When placing the skewers down, make sure to go against the
grain of the grids. Immediately after placing the fruit down,
begin basting with the apple juice reduction. You should turn
these skewers every minute or so, do not leave them unattended.
Once they have a good color on them and are heated through,
Be careful turning the skewers. Use tongs or some oven mitts. You
don't want to burn yourself. You will find these pieces of fruit
nicely contrast each other in flavor. The fruit picks up a smoky
flavor with a hint of lemon in each bite. These are great to eat
by itself, or pull the pieces off and serve over some vanilla ice
cream. It's amazingly simple and delicious.
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