April 1, 2010

Grilled Fruit

This one's for Red

   If you're an outdoor cook, getting a new grill is like getting a new car and the fun of taking it for a test run is exciting.
   My dear Floridian friend, Kathy, aka Red Kathy from Are You Hungry, announced of getting a new grill for her and hubby's anniversary. Hey, after 23 years, a grill is a pretty neat thing. Now I know she already knows how to grill but I wanted to dedicate today's post to her.
   The grill is a perfect place in cooking your complete meal, including dessert and that's what today's recipes are about ~ an excerpt from my cookbook, Grits to Guacamole. Enjoy!

Grilled Fruit
Fresh fruit for a delightful ending

Apples & Pears – Cut in half and core out the center. Mix 1/2 cup of white wine with a little sugar and a dash or two of cinnamon and nutmeg. Place fruit on the grill, low heat, and to the hollowed center add 1/2 teaspoon of butter with a spoonful of wine mixture. Grill for 15 minutes.

Bananas – Peel and cut in half, sprinkle with sugar and grill 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat just until grill marks appear. Remove and drizzle with orange liqueur. Serve over pound cake with vanilla ice cream.

Spiked Bananas – Cut a slit lengthwise in each banana to less than half the depth leaving the skin on. Mix a little brown sugar, dark rum and coconut extract and spoon into each banana. Close with a toothpick and grill on medium heat 25 to 30 minutes or until the skin is charred.

Peaches, Mangos, & Plums – Half and remove seeds from fruit. Mix melted butter with brown sugar and a little lemon or lime juice, brush on fruit halves while grilling on medium heat 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with ice cream.

Pineapple – Mix 1 tablespoon each: brown sugar, rum or whiskey and vanilla with 1/8 teaspoon each of ground ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper for a little heat if desired. Brush on fresh pineapple slices and grill 5 to 10 minutes turning and basting often. Serve on top of chocolate almond ice cream or fruit sorbet.

Cantaloupe & Honeydews – Heat butter with a little honey, stir in a few crushed mint leaves and brush on melon slices while grilling 5 to 7 minutes turning often.


  1. Only have tried pineapple thanks for these great idea's! Nice post for our foodie friend in Florida! Kathy @areyouhungry!!...you got the best of the best here for your new grill~

  2. Drick-

    Grilled fruit is absolutely my favorite. Bananas are my favorite and my go-to, but these others look fantastic, I cannot wait to try them out!

  3. Thanks for reminding me that fruit is wonderful on the grill-with summer just around the corner, it's perfect.

  4. OH MY GOSH (yes I'm shouting)You are too kind! Seriously, too kind. Thank you so much for honoring me with this post. Guess what, I have a fresh pineapple on the counter and a bag of apples too. Tomorrow's dessert will be Drick's grilled fruits. It will be my first time grilling fruit too. ♥ Redkathy