With June almost behind us, it’s time to fully embrace summer. By this point, it officially looks like our sweaters and boots won’t be making an appearance for at least a few months, and we’re finding every excuse we can to be outside. What better way to end the day than making a delicious dinner outside in the sunshine? We’ve talked about burgers, hot dogs, and steak, but what else can go on the grill? We thought you’d never ask. Have you ever considered grilling FRUIT? Don’t knock it ’til you try it.
Something to keep in mind when you’re choosing fruits to grill is that they’re firm and not too ripe. Some of the best bets include peaches, pineapple, watermelon, and figs, which will all keep their shape even after being tossed over the flames.
Glaze It Up
While grilled fruit is just fine on its own, it can be fun to play around, which is why we love the idea of adding a maple glaze to the mix. This glaze is simple, just four ingredients: maple syrup, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. (It packs a punch so feel free to ditch the spices if you don’t want some heat.) While you’re free to use whichever fruits you’d like, the recipe recommends pineapples, peaches, and bananas.
We love the idea of making foil-wrapped meals on the grill – simple construction, easy clean-up. Peaches are the perfect fruit to wrap in foil and set on the grill because the foil will capture the juice, which can be used to make a delicious syrup or dressing. Think of a grilled peach as a blank canvas that you can flavor however you wish. Peaches pair well with basil and blueberry for a fresh taste or with vanilla ice cream and crumbled Biscoff cookies for something a little sweeter. We’ve heard amaretto might be a good option as well…
This is BANANAS
Who doesn’t love bananas foster? For those who don’t know, bananas foster is a classic dessert that can be served on its own, accompanying ice cream, or over French toast. It’s just bananas with a brown sugar glaze, and that sweetness plays well with the charred flavor you get from cooking on a grill. This dessert is sure to please adults and children alike!
Don’t Forget the Citrus
Citrus fruits are a summer staple, so of course we wouldn’t forget about them. When grilling any sort of citrus, remember to add a fair amount of sugar to the surface before tossing in onto the grate. (This keeps the rinds from sticking and will also help give the fruit a caramelized finish.) Grilled grapefruit might be the perfect light brunch dish, especially when paired with honey and pistachios. Try whipping some fresh mint with a dab of créme fraîche to make it extra fancy. (And maybe throw in some pomegranate seeds as well, for good measure.)
What A Melon
When it comes to summertime fruits, watermelon tops ’em all. It’s refreshing and perfectly sweet. Watermelon goes well with mint and feta over arugula as a salad but how about something a little more adventurous? We love the idea of grilling watermelon with some cilantro and lime. If cilantro isn’t your thing, grilled watermelon also pairs well with balsamic and mint.
Which one are you most excited to try? We recommend pulling some rosé out of your Thermador wine cooler (because wine and fruit is always a good idea) and making the best of a night at home under the stars.