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Grilled Pineapple Slices with Coconut Sorbet

 

No blog post today. Just a recipe. Another fresh fruit desert. This desert is as simple as simple can be. And it is so delicious. Sometimes the simplest foods are the most delicious.

Pineapple has minimal fat and sodium with no-cholesterol, so it is healthy and nutritious too.

Did you know? Pineapples take about 18 months to grow.

The only negative is that a large portion of the calories in pineapples come from sugar.

But desert is supposed to be sweet. So there!

If you want more details on the nutrition of pineapples you can click here.

True Confessions

In several recent post I have mentioned that it is always less expensive to buy fruits and vegetables whole and clean and cut them yourself. I have also said that sometimes convenience trumps cost.

When it comes to pineapples, convenience ALWAYS trumps cost for me. I do not like to prep a pineapple. It is not that easy. It looks easy on TV and in magazines. I do not find it so in reality. So today, and any day I want fresh pineapple, I buy ready cored and sliced pineapple.

You know, it feels good to make this confession. It is a relief to finally get this out in the open.

By the way, this is a great recipe for children to help out in the kitchen. There are several tasks they can help you perform. 

This is what you will need for 4 people:

4 pineapple rings

Coconut sorbet

Brown sugar (about ¼ teaspoon per ring)

Vegetable oil (less than ½ teaspoon)

Here is what you do:

Heat your grill to medium-high to high.

Pat the pineapple rings dry. Brush a wee bit, or VERY light coat, of the oil on both sides of each ring.

Add a few sprinkles of brown sugar to one side of the each ring.

When the grill is really hot, place the pineapple sugar side down on the grill.

Then sprinkle a little bit of sugar on the un-sugared side of the pineapple. Grill for 3-4 minutes until the pineapple begins to brown and caramelize. Then carefully flip the pineapple ring and continue grilling for 3-4 minutes more till the other side is nicely browned and caramelized too.

Remove the pineapple to a place and then place a scoop of the coconut sorbet on the pineapple ring.

Voilä!  Instant nutritious decadence.

Cost

4 pineapple rings       $2.37

Coconut sorbet          $4.79**

Brown sugar             $0.01

Vegetable oil            $0.01

Total cost for 4 people = $7.18
Cost per person = $1.79

** The cost of this recipe can be significantly less expensive if you use a less expensive sorbet or even an ice cream. Raspberry sorbet is wonderful with this recipe. But vanilla ice cream would be just as delicious. Depends on what you like and what you can afford.

I do like the coconut flavor with the pineapple, though. Another idea is to drizzle some chocolate syrup over the hot pineapple and then add some coconut flakes. Makes my mouth water just thinking about that last one. I am all smiles.

Bon Appetit!!!!

Quote of the Day:      That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.      Henry David Thoreau

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