Thursday, March 15

Grilled Pineapple with Honey Crème Fraiche

Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. I’ve been known to eat a full one in a single sitting or until my mouth goes raw from the overload of acid and enzymes (who’s with me?). It’s obviously great on its own, but I like it even better when it’s grilled. The sugars begins to caramelize and the pineapple starts to soften until you’re left with a sweeter, juicier version of an already delicious fruit. This dish (inspired by this recipe) is the perfect quick and healthy dessert, with tender pineapple, tangy crème fraiche, and crunchy nuts. With a few tweaks, like substituting yogurt and adding in granola, it would also make a great breakfast. And the best part? It only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Grilled Pineapple with Honey Crème Fraiche:
  • Mix together 1/3 c. creme fraiche,* 1/2 tbsp. honey, and 1 tsp. freshly grated orange zest in a small bowl. Set aside.**
  • Slice the top, bottom, and skin off a pineapple, then remove the core and cut the fruit into tall, thin spears.***
  • Brush a hot grill with canola oil and cook the pineapple for 3-4 minutes a side.
  • Remove the fruit from the grill and place a few pieces on each plate.
  • Drizzle with the honey creme fraiche mixture and sprinkle the top with roasted, chopped almonds.****
Serves four
*Can substitute for yogurt.
**Can be done a day ahead and kept in the fridge.
***Or take a short cut and buy it already cut up at the supermarket.
****Or any nuts you like. Granola would make a good substitute as well.