Hamburgers and hot dogs aren’t the only thing that taste great grilled. You might be surprised to discover all the fabulous things you barbecue. Fruit is definitely one of them! Are you skeptical? Some types of fruit have a really delicious sweet, but smoky flavor after time spend on the grill. Serve one of them at your next cookout and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that you get loads of compliments on something so easy. Here’s what you should try this summer.
1 Cut Peaches in Half and Grill Them, Cut Side down
Peaches hold up really well to grilling because they are large enough that they don’t fall through the grates, and firm enough that they don’t fall apart. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits to start. Brush them with a bit of honey and grill for a few minutes, cut side down. Flip, and cook for a couple more minutes. Serve the peaches over ice cream.
2 Grill a Whole Pineapple, Cut in Half
Grilled pineapple is so easy to do and it tastes so good. All you have to do is cut the pineapple in half, top to bottom. Lay the halves, cut side down, on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes. Cut the fruit away from the skin once it’s finished. You can serve the pineapple over vanilla ice cream, but you can also dice it and make salsa for fish tacos or serve it over grilled pork chops.
3 How about Bananas in Their Peels for Dessert
I made this at a cookout last summer and everyone still raves about it. Cut the bananas in half, lengthwise. Then, grill them, peel side down for about 5 minutes. Remove the bananas from the peel and serve topped with ice cream and caramel sauce. You have never had anything this good!
4 Cooked Mangos Are Perfect for a Fresh, Summery Salsa
Mangoes are plentiful during the summer and they are super affordable when the weather warms up too. Grilled mangoes are absolutely heavenly and you may never want to eat them any other way again. Cut them in half, grill them, cut sides down, then dice the flesh. Mix it with chopped red onion, cilantro and a bit of minced jalapeno peppers. Serve with corn chips or pile the salsa on tacos. Yum!
5 Grilled Watermelon Wedges Make for a Delicious Treat
Watermelon is easy to grill because it holds up well to the heat and the grill brings out the yummy flavor of the fruit. Cut the melon into wedges and grill until you can see the marks on both sides. Serve the fruit on a bed of mixed greens with pine nuts and gourmet cheese. Tasty!
6 An Avocado on the Grill is so Delicious You Won’t Be Able to Believe It
Let’s set aside the argument debating whether avocado is a fruit or a veggie. I’ll go with the experts that call it a fruit for our purposes. Here’s the best way to eat a grilled avocado: Cut it in half and remove the pit. Grill the fruit, cut side down for about five minutes. Turn it over, fill the cavities with fresh salsa and top with jack cheese. Continue grilling until the cheese melts. Then scoop the deliciousness out with a spoon.
7 Grill a Packet of Berries for a Warm Summery Meal
You obviously can’t grill berries right on the grill because they’ll fall through the grates. You can wrap them in foil packets though. Secure a couple of handfuls of your favorite berry in a foil bundle and grill over indirect heat for about five minutes on each side. Serve the warm berries in a spinach salad or over brownies and ice cream for dessert.
Did you know you could grill fruit? Which of these will you try this summer?
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