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grilling fresh pineapple, who knew?

It is so simple yet soooooo delicous it is mind blowing! Slice up a really fresh sweet Dole Gold pineapple into 1/2 inch rings and cut out the core. Get the grill smokin hot and use one of those grill grates. Grill the rings till golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg and a dollop of french vanilla ice cream. OMG, so simple yet so elegant, you will impress yourself and all those lucky enough to eat dinner with you. Enjoy!!

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  1. I LOVE grilled pineapple as well. I always grill the leftover pineapple when making hawaiian chicken. For use in dessert I sometimes sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on it and let it caramelize, but it really does not even need it if it is a good pineapple to begin with. I may have to pick up a pineapple tommorrow...

    1. Has anyone tried doing this in a broiler instead of on the grill?

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      1. re: Bzdhkap

        In the winter I use my grill pan. Just make sure you crack a window, use a little brown sugar/vanilla/rum glaze (winter pineapple...ick) and have the heat nice and high.

        1. re: Bzdhkap

          When the grill's not lit we use a really hot cast iron pan on the stove top.

          1. re: Bzdhkap

            George Foreman works great as well!

          2. oh, what a fabulous idea! i'll try it out next time we light up the charcoal.

            have you tried banana on a grill? same recipe works - just keep the banana in its peel and toss it on the rack for ~10 mins on each side or til it just barely cracks its skin ---- sooooo sweet and delicious!

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            1. re: rabidog

              Back when I was a girl scout, we'd make "banana boats": Slit a banana open, use the slit to slice the banana without cutting the skin. Place chocolate pieces (or alternate chocolate and mini marshmallows) between slices, wrap the whole thing in foil and grill. We used the skin as a bowl and ate it with a spoon right out of the banana - but I bet it'd be good on vanilla ice cream.

              1. re: maviris

                The Girl Scouts must really be big on tradition. We did that back in the 60's! Wow, great memories...

            2. Grilled pineapple is especially delicious topped with a little Nutella - if you want to follow Giada's recipe, thin the Nutella a bit with cream to make a Nutella "sauce." Or just glop it on!

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              1. re: dubedo

                grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream rocks.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I love grilled pineapple and vanilla ice cream, but I'm thinking that the next attempt will have to be grilled pineapple, vanilla ice cream, AND nutella. I don't know...over the top?

                  I also like grilled pineapple drizzled with some melted dark chocolate.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    What a great idea for Cinco de Mayo - Grilled pineapple and vanilla ice cream drizzled with cajeta........

                2. try fresh ripe peaches and nextarines when they're in season. Wow.

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                  1. re: toodie jane

                    Ditto. Nectarines are my favorite. Serve 'em up with some fresh raspberries and vanilla bean ice cream... Like Peach Melba.

                  2. Agree on trying peaches and nectarines. Also try plums and figs. I use plums when I'm grilling fish (also a good time for nectarines and peaches). I grill figs and serve them with gorgonzola and toast or crackers.

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                    1. re: seattledebs

                      Try grilling sweet nectarines and serving them over french vanilla ice cream with a warm balsamic vinegar reduction. Fabulous!

                    2. Love it, especially with shrimp.
                      Also love grilled apples.

                      1. On the savory side, try a grilled pineapple/avocado salsa. Grilled pineapple and Haas avocados, cut into chunks. Toss in some minced jalapeno (seeded, if you don't want lots of heat...I like to keep a few seeds myself) and some fresh lime juice. Goes with lots of things, but one of my favorites is to serve it with seared scallops, or grilled scallops on a skewer.

                        BTW, avocados are very good grilled also. My friends and I like to marinate chicken in a lime-cumin vinaigrette ( from "Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone," by Deborah Madison) and grill chicken, avocado, and cherry tomato kabobs, with extra vinaigrette on the side.for those who want it.

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                        1. re: Old Spice

                          Grilled pineapple on skewers, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with slivered almonds!!
                          Excellent summer desert..

                        2. Try the pineapple on a rotisserie. Baste with some melted butter as it grills, finish with a sprinkle of brown sugar and allow to caramelize. It is heavenly. BBQ pineapple from a smoker is also amazingly good.

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                          1. Also good is a mango. Slice in half, a little oil, and on the grill it goes. delicious! i pre-cut mine so they are easier to scoop out (you cut it N-S and E-W but don't remove it from the skin so it all stays together on the grill)

                            1. Who Knew? About 120 million Mexicans. Sorry, I couldn't resist... 'who knew' usually irritates me when its a common practice.

                              Joking aside... I love grilled pineapple as a pairing to Al Pastor inspired Lamb Chops (rubbed with an Achiote-Allspice-Guajillo marinade). Over the weekend in Cabo, I also learned to appreciate a grilled pineapple slice as a great pairing for coconut shrimp.

                              1. So somebody try a grilled pineapple upside down cake with some kind of alcohol already (being very careful!)

                                1. Once I put together a little dessert with whatever I had - I used raw pineapple but would be excellent with grilled.
                                  Picture this: grilled pineapple slice topped with a spoonful of ricotta cheese then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with nuts and coconut.
                                  YUM!

                                  1. I often do this in the summer as a side dish for dinner. I like to squeeze a little lime juice on it and dust with a little chili powder. Goes well with grilled fish or chicken.

                                    1. i toss my grilled pineapple with cilantro, red and green jalapenos and S&P. yummy...

                                      1. I first tasted grilled Pineapple at Brazilian Rodizos and now pair it with grilled center cut pork chops as well as lamb. I prefer the savory side of things so I also make a salad of grilled pineapple,plantains,tomatoes,habaneros and crumbled bacon with a lime and cilantro dressing.