Grilled fruits: delicious and refreshing

    Grilling is not just for meat, fish and poultry.  Fruit is a deliciously sweet option for your next BBQ.  Here are some tips, plus a recipe for grilled mango and peach skewers! 

    1. Choose the right fruits 

    Not all fruit works well on the grill, so choose wisely.  Try grilling pitted fruits such as plums, peaches, apricots and mangos.  Other dense fruits, such as pineapples, melons, figs, and pears, will also work for a variety of creative desserts or accompaniments for the main meal.

    2. Pay attention to timing and preparation

    Fruits are particularly sensitive to grilling and shoud not be exposed to the same high heat as meats or veggies. For best results, place fruit on the edge of the charcoal grill surface or, for gas and electric grills, choose the medium-high temperature setting. It is important to grill fruit in large pieces or chunks. Tip: Place bananas in a fry pan on the grill.

    3. Fun BBQ combinations

    Here are some tasty food combinations to try:  grilled honeydew melon with halloumi cheese and wild herb salad – or foil-cooked sugar apricots with marinated pork medallions. Of course, grilled fruits are also a treat for dessert.

    Recipe: Grilled Mango & Peach Skewers 

    Serves 4

    8 wooden skewers

    2 large mangos 

    4 large peaches 

    1 sprig rosemary 

    1 sprig thyme

    6 tbsp agave syrup 

    6-8 dashes Tabasco 

    1 tsp chili flakes 

    coarse sea salt 

    1 tbsp almond slivers, roasted

    Preparation:

    1. Soak wooden skewers in water to avoid burning on the grill

    2. Peel and cut mango into thick slices or chunks

    3. Halve peach, or cut into quarters 

    4. Wash rosemary and thyme and spin dry, then finely chop

    5. Combine agave syrup, Tabasco and chili flakes. Add herbs. Pour marinade over fruit and let sit for at least 2 hours.

    6. Alternate mango and peach on skewer

    7. Place on grill over medium heat until the fruit is lightly caramelized

    8. Sprinkle with almond slivers and one pinch of sea salt.  Serve.

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