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Cook Up Something Sweet With Grilled Fruit

Cook Up Something Sweet With Grilled FruitFresh fruit is as quintessential to summer as grilling is. If you have never grilled fruit you’re missing out. As the natural sugars meet flame, the caramelization process heightens the taste while the warm fruit imparts a flavour experience that is pleasantly different from what you’re used to.

Fruits That Grill Well

The key to good grilled fruit is choosing fruit that will hold up under the heat. Choose fresh fruit. Canned varieties are too soft, too small to stay together, and may have added sugars, which will alter the taste and can cause charring too early and easily.

  • Watermelon – Although it has a high water content, the fact that you can cut watermelon into thick chunks makes it ideal for grilling. Grilled watermelon can be eaten plain, tossed with feta and onions to make a relish or drizzled with balsamic vinegar and arugula for a side salad. Slice the watermelon and grill it with the rind on.
  • Stone fruits, like peaches, plums and apricots – Leave the skins on and pair the grilled fruit with meats or ice cream. Wrap them in foil and add in seasoning like brown sugar or ginger.
  • Pineapple – A classic grilled fruit, pineapple provides the perfect balance of firmness and texture. Grilling brings out the sweetness in what can sometimes be a tart fruit.
  • Apples and Pears – Warm apple pie without the crust? That’s what grilled apples taste like. Grill sliced apples directly or wrap the slices in foil with cinnamon, sugar, and butter to re-create the apple pie taste.
  • Strawberries – Stick them on a shish kebab skewer and let the grill work its magic.
  • Bananas – Gooey and sweet, grilled bananas add a special flavor to your banana split. Cut them in half lengthwise, sprinkle some brown sugar on them and grill them with the skin on, fruit side down for 3 minutes. Or wrap them in foil, unpeeled, grill them and then slice them open and top with your favorite ice cream.
  • Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe can be grilled many ways. Cut it into cubes and use skewers, cut it into slices or just cut it in half and grill it cut side down on the grill.

Tips For Perfect Grills Fruit

Fruit is delicate and, as a result, grills quickly. To ensure you don’t char your fruit beyond edibility, follow these tips:

  • Brush fruit with olive oil – The oil won’t mask the taste of the fruit but it will help prevent sticking to the pan or grill rack.
  • Use indirect heat – Direct heat is too intense for fruit. Put it in a cast iron or steel pan and turn down the temperature controls to protect it from direct flames.
  • Keep an eye on it – Don’t turn your back on fruit. It will be done before you know it.
  • Make a dish out of it – Wrap the fruit in foil with seasonings and you’ve got a one-dish dessert or side. This is a great way to use delicate fruits too.

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