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Dec 2, 2011 08:38 AM

Blessed with TWO fresh pineapples. Any idea of what to do with them?

It is only the two of us and I am busy making Christmas cookies and candies. Anything I can do which will allow us to enjoy the pineapples but not all today? Sweet or savory? Food or liquor? TIA

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  1. Around Thanksgiving I made a pineapple pickle. This was from a Singpore/Malasia cookbook (in a hot Indian style).

    There are also some Mexican salsas that have a pineapple base. Pineapple might also be used in one of the moles (Mancha mantales).

    1. Fill up a pitcher with slices, then add vodka to top. Put it in the fridge for a week and enjoy some wonderful pineapple cocktails. I also like making fried rice with pineapple, red pepper and mandarin oranges. Lots of ginger goes well with it.

      1. So many options -

        1) for SURE eat some fresh and plain, especially if they are really fresh pineapples (do now)

        2) the vodka idea is great - I always suggest that on here with leftover fresh fruit and I don't think anyone does it. but it is so easy and so tasty and a great way to use fruit that is "past its prime" (keeps forever practically)

        3) sauted with butter and brown sugar over ice cream (will keep for a few days)

        4) juiced

        5) like the fried rice idea

        6) pineapple and pork are always a good combo - pork chops with baked pineapple slices on top

        7) Pineapple salsa over a meaty fish or in a fish taco (can add mango/etc for a tropical fruit salsa if you want variety)

        8) Pineapple and mint are a great combo in drinks - desserts -etc. Could make a pineapple mint granita (would keep for a few days too, so something to help stretch our your enjoyment)

        ENJOY them!!!

        you can always cut off the top, stick it in some soil and let it grow for a while too (I think we did that way back in grade school) though I don't think it will ever fruit again - still fun.

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        1. re: thimes

          I suggest a variation on #3. Sauté in butter and brown sugar, but then pour in some rum and flambé before pouring over vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm mmmmm good.

          1. re: thimes

            It actually will bear fruit again, though it takes around 18 months in an ideal climate so in a pot maybe a few years will be necessary.

            Pineapples are one of the few foods I don't bother 'gilding the lily'. Definitely eat some fresh and un-messed with. It's a pretty wonderful fruit.

            Grilled pineapple is also super nice, whether it's on a kebab or over ice cream. Amazing how nice grilled pineapple tastes, without any spices, sweeteners, or seasonings (though I'm a huge fan of butter and brown sugar on just about anything else).

          2. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of cooked pineapple, especially when it's done sweet.
            I'd eat it fresh and they with what you can't eat I'd make pineapple fried rice, which is just about the only coked pineapple dish I like.
            I tend to think of sweet pineapple dishes as kind of cheesey and often WAY over sweetened.

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            1. re: luciaannek

              I agree - if the fresh pineapples are sweet, eat them plain. I can get through one by myself in the course of a week, which is about as long as a butchered one will keep in the fridge.

              If pressed to use it up before it fermented, I'd saute bite-sized pieces in butter and brown sugar or agave nectar, then add rum and either cook alcohol out, or flame. Use atop ice cream and/or pound cake.

            2. Chutney...! Pineapple chutney, or pineapple mango chutney... great with fish, meat, fried rice. Here's a pretty good recipe...