Monday, April 20, 2009

Grilling With Seasonal Fruits

(NAPSI)-Grilling is one of the most popular ways to entertain at home, but have you thought of preparing dessert on the grill?

For a light, refreshing dessert, pair the lively flavors of seasonal fruits with lime juice, grated gingerroot and the mellow taste of olive oil in Lime-Ginger Grilled Fruit. Pineapple, pear and apple chunks are tossed in a sweet marinade and grilled, then mixed with oranges, mango, kiwis, berries or other seasonal fruit favorites. Family and guests will appreciate this delightful departure from traditional fruit compote.

Lime-Ginger Grilled Fruit

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

3 teaspoons grated lime peel

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or other olive oil

3 teaspoons grated ginger root

2 (¾-inch-thick) slices fresh pineapple

1 Bosc or D'Anjou pear

1 large crisp apple

2 navel oranges, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced

1½ cups blueberries or blackberries

1½ cups coarsely chopped hulled strawberries

1 kiwi fruit, peeled, cored and cut into pieces

⅓ to ½ cup powdered sugar

1. Heat grill to medium direct heat. Blend 1 tablespoon lime juice and brown sugar in small bowl to dissolve sugar. Blend in olive oil, 1 teaspoon lime peel and 1 teaspoon gingerroot. Peel and core pear and apple; cut each into quarters.

2. Brush pineapple, pear and apple lightly with olive oil mixture. Place fruit on grill. Grill 5 minutes; brush with remaining olive oil mixture; turn and grill 4 to 6 minutes longer. Remove from grill. Coarsely chop grilled fruit into bite-size pieces.

3. Place grilled fruit, oranges, mango, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, ⅓ cup powdered sugar, remaining 2 teaspoons lime peel and 2 teaspoons gingerroot in large bowl; toss lightly to mix. For best flavor, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve in bowls or over sponge cake cups or cake, if desired. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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