Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream

Here is a great summer dessert recipe. Grilling fruit is perfect so easy to prepare. By grilling it, the water and sugar in the fruit concentrate the flavors by reducing the water and caramelizing the natural sugars. Fruits like apples, pears, and pineapples, which are hard, are the easiest to grill since they hold their shape and texture while cooking. Softer fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums and mangoes will become soft and mushy if overcooked.


Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream

Serves 8

1 (3 to 4 lb) pineapple
Cooking spray
2 tsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup rum
1 pt light vanilla ice cream

Cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple, peel and cut it crosswise into 8 rings, about 1/2-inch each. Use a spoon or apple corer to carve out the center core of each ring.

Spray a large grill pan with cooking spray and heat over a medium flame. Grill the pineapple, in 2 or 3 batches, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until it is nicely brown and grill marks have appeared. (You can also grill this on an outdoor grill sprayed with cooking spray before being heated.)

While the last batch of pineapple cooks, heat the butter, sugar and rum in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Place a pineapple ring on each plate, scoop 1/4 cup of ice cream into the center of the ring, and drizzle about 2 teaspoons of sauce on top.


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