Fancy flame-broiled flavor? Then throw some skewers on the grill for dinner, and soak up a little evening sunshine while you're at it. Enjoy the fruits of your labor by topping those grates with chunks of tropical pineapple. Naturally sweet pineapple caramelizes when exposed to high heat, making it a prime candidate for a grilled dessert with other sweet tropical fruits such as banana. But don't stop at dessert; the fruit also lends sweetness to a supper of sweet-and-hot Caribbean seafood skewers. Make the most of your pineapple on the barbie when you keep reading.
8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 4 hours Serves 4. 5 cups pineapple (from 1 large pineapple, about 5 pounds), large dice Makes 4 to 6 servings.
4 unpeeled ripe bananas, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 2-inch chunks
1/2 cup turbinado sugar or 1/3 cup cane syrup
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 medium garlic cloves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
36 extra-large shrimp (about 2 pounds), peeled and deveined
12 (10-inch) metal or wooden skewers
8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 4 hours
5 cups pineapple (from 1 large pineapple, about 5 pounds), large dice
Makes 4 to 6 servings.