Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Grilling Pineapple


You actually need to cut the pineapple to grill it, believe it or not {{grins}} Have you ever cut up a pineapple? It's really easy to do. Just take your knife (I prefer a serrated blade, so I can 'saw' through the pineapple) and lop off the top and bottom.

I'm always amazed at how big the top of the pineapple is. It's pretty much the same size as the pineapple itself! Anyway, then you want to start cutting off the edges. If you do it in strips, it works great.

See? Just like that, just keep cutting around the pineapple, until you got all the spiky edges off. It's ok, if you miss some the first time around, you can trim them off later.

Then you just start slicing edges off, right close to the core, if you're going to just chunk it up and eat it raw. Is that considered raw? I suppose it would be if you don't cook it. . .anyway, if you slice skinnier slices, about 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch, then it's better to grill with.

then you've got the lovely core here, all in one piece! Feel free to suck the juices out of it. Your hands are already sticky so you might as well!

oh yeah, keep a garbage bag nearby, because you end up with a lot of pieces you're going to throw away, and this makes clean-up a WHOLE lot easier!

Then you have a nice plateful of sliced pineapple, ready to throw on the barbecue! that one pineapple actually made quite a lot of fruit.

This is what it looks like if you cook it on the top rack. You pretty much just end up with warm pineapple. It's good, but the sugars don't get caramelized, which is what makes it so darn good!

so go throw it on the bottom, where it's a lot hotter, and the sugars can get all tasty!

Yes. . .doesn't that look wonderful? admit it, you know what you're going to have at your next summer barbecue! And watch out for that man of yours, he may try to eat the whole thing! At least mine sure did. I think I got 1-2 pieces. Little piggy. . .

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