If you want to kick it up a notch at your next gathering, try tossing some fruit on the grate for a surprisingly delicious appetizer, side, or dessert. You can also create dazzling fresh salsas and salads with your grilled fruits. Grilled dessert recipes are a must when striving to make a grand statement at your dinner party.
Slice your fruit into halves, wedges, or cubed pieces, perfect for skewers. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before adding fruit to ensure they don’t burn. Oil your grate with a paper towel lightly doused in olive oil before placing your fruit on the grill. Fruit should be grilled over medium to high heat for 3-5 minutes, flipping every 30-60 seconds. Grilling times may be different according to the recipe you are using.
Grill connoisseurs can agree that bananas, watermelon, apples, pears, and pineapple are absolute favorites when it comes to grilling fruit. Peaches, plums, nectarines, mango, and cantaloupe are also great choices. Of course, there are as many different possibilities as there are a variety of fruits available. Keep in mind that firm fruits hold up better to the rigors of the grill. Lemons are used quite often as a garnish or flavor additive for chicken, fish, or veggies. Avocados add a hearty, toasty flavor to salads and salsas when grilled with a pinch of sugar. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are vital to make a luscious grilled dessert. Try grilled kiwi with coconut cream, grilled pineapples with rum, or a peach cobbler dump cake recipe to impress your guests. Cinnamon, cream cheese, honey, and ice cream are only a fraction of sweet additions available for your grilled dessert recipes.
Fruits harbor their own natural sugars that caramelize when grilled. They will retain the smoky flavor from the grill, as well as the juicy sweetness brought out from the heat. Adding campfire favorites like marshmallows, nuts, and peanut butter can guarantee an ideal result when paired with everything offered by grilled fruit. A custom marinade of island spices and dark rum will encourage caramelization and flavor, making it the best option for grilled fruit kabobs.
Fruit is the healthiest choice for grilling when compared to meats, as the likelihood of produced composites that cause cancer is much less. Since the fruit is prepared over direct heat instead of in water or oil, the nutritional value is still present. However, when experimenting with grilled dessert recipes, it is easy to compromise nutrition when adding extras such as chocolate chips, whip cream, and brown sugar.
The grill should be 350-450 degrees Fahrenheit with two heat zones for better control. You want to maintain a medium to high heat throughout grilling. Grilling times can vary depending on how you dress your fruit. For example, banana slices will grill differently than a banana boat stuffed with caramel candies and marshmallows. Foil packs may also differ according to their ingredients and recipe.