Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Grilled Pineapple and Rum Sauce

This simple dessert is a real treat, makes people think you know what you're doing. It requires only a few ingredients, but the key is using fresh produce and good rum, don't go El Cheapo on this one. Great for backyard barbecue parties. If you have a cast iron grill pan, it works just as well indoors, to get those nice grill marks. Be sure to brush the pineapple with a neutral flavor oil, so as not to pick up anything that would clash and ruin this dessert. You can also skewer pineapple chunks, pop them on the grill and serve with the lovely rum sauce.

Grilled Pineapple and Rum Sauce - adapted from Chef2Chef

Makes 8 servings

1/2 cup ginger ale
3/4 cup sugar
1 lime, zest and juice
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup dark rum, we prefer Meyers
1 large fresh pineapple

Canola or plain vegetable oil, for grilling

Vanilla ice cream, optional, we prefer Rite Aid Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream

Toasted coconut, optional garnish

Combine the first six ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and lower heat. Once the sugar melts, then add the rum, doing this away from the burner to avoid any flare-ups. Reduce to syrup consistency and turn off heat. Meanwhile, clean and core pineapple and cut into 1/2 inch thick rings. Brush with a little oil and grill over medium heat, turning once, about one minute per side.

Serve with citrus rum syrup drizzled over top and top with ice cream and toasted coconut, if desired.


maltese parakeet said...

oh man, how i wish you would have posted this recipe a few days ago, i got a pineapple as a gift and made it into pineapple upside-down cake on monday night. this dessert sounds much better. i may have to get another pineapple just to try it!

La Vida Dulce said...

Darn, missed it by one day! That upside-down cake must have been great with fresh pineapple, it's another favorite of mine.