Grilled Stone Fruit

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Has anyone ever tried grilled pineapple before?  OMG!  It’s amazing.  A flavor explosion in your mouth – intensely sweet, warm with a caramelized flavor!  And it’s just fruit?!  Man, I’m in love.  My only issue with this dish, is the actual pineapple.  I know, I know I said it was phenomenal.  But breaking down a whole pineapple is hard, messy and those little prickly parts and the leaves are sharp!  Like little knives that stab your fingers as you try to wrangle the fruit into manageable and edible pieces

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grilled fruit, grilled stone fruit, grilled peaches, how to grill fruit, grilled plums Not fun.  Not fun at all.  So, to satisfy my grilled fruit craving, I decided to try out another type of fruit…one that doesn’t stab you the entire time.  Nice and well behaved fruit – like stone fruits!  Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots!  Perfect for grilling!  And it’s the perfect healthy dessert….as long as it’s not topped with mounds of slowly melting vanilla ice cream :).  Now that would be soooo delicious!  But in the effort to stay healthy and get my Fit For Fall on, instead of ice cream, I chose to top it with vanilla and cinnamon-flavored greek yogurt.  Pretty darn good sub for ice cream.  What’s even better about this dish is that it can also be used for breakfast!  A dessert for breakfast – I’m in!

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grilled fruit, grilled stone fruit, grilled peaches, how to grill fruit, grilled plums Overall, grilling fruit is pretty easy.  Even self explanatory.  However, there are a few “rules of the road” that can help ensure you have the best grilled fruit of your life!  Here are some of the tips and techniques that I use:

  • Don’t use super ripe or over ripe fruit.  The ideal stone fruit would be ripe, but still quite firm.  If it’s too ripe, the end result will be mushy overly soft grilled pieces of mush.
  • Sprinkle on a little sugar.  You can definitely skip this step, but I’ve noticed a light dusting of sugar really helps caramelize the fruit and almost give it a creme brulee-liked taste.
  • Use non stick cooking spray or vegetable oil on the grill.  A little wipe of a non-flavored oil or spray can ensure that the fruit removes cleanly from the grill.  No ripped up or torn fruit, just perfect grill marks!
  • Don’t be afraid to crank up the heat.  A nice hot grill or grill pan is just what you need for perfectly grilled fruit.  Too low of a heat and you’ll have overly soft fruit with no sear marks.  A nice hot grill pan will give you those beautiful grill lines and provide lots of smoky and caramelized flavor to your fruit.
  • Don’t walk away!  Fruit is very delicate and will take only a minute or two to sear.  So stick around and keep an eye on your grill or grill pan.
  • Fruits to try:  pineapple, watermelon, peaches, nectarines, plums, figs, apples and bananas!

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grilled fruit, grilled stone fruit, grilled peaches, how to grill fruit, grilled plums Whip out that grill pan or fire up your outdoor grill and get on this recipe fast!  Fresh stone fruits won’t be around for too much longer and this is the perfect way to enjoy them!  Top with a little ice cream for a light after dinner dessert.  Or top with hearty protein packed greek yogurt for a fun twist on breakfast or lunch.

Cinnamon Yogurt-Topped Grilled Stone Fruit:
Ingredients:

  • 4-5 stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots), pit removed and sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp sugar (you can use white, brown or turbinado)
  • non stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups non fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • Optional:  1 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute – to sweeten the yogurt if you prefer

Instructions:

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat.  Allow to heat up for about 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly spray grill with cooking spray – clean off grate if need be.
  3. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar evenly over the cut sides of the fruit.
  4. Place fruit cut side down onto the grill.  Cook for about 2 minutes or until dark grill marks appear.
  5. Mix yogurt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and optional 1 tbsp sugar together in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside until ready to serve.
  6. Once fruit has finished cooking, remove from grill and set on plates.  Top with 1/2 cup of the vanilla yogurt mixture and serve immediately.

You tell me!  Have you tried grilled fruit?  What’s your favorite type of grilled fruit?

2 Comments

  1. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    August 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Ha! I feel the same way about pineapple. People are always like, “Oh, it’s so easy to cut a pineapple if you know how.” Lies! What about the stabby parts?! You have to carve those out. Stone fruit is much easier. 🙂

    • mewinebrenner

      August 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I know!! I always end up getting the pre-cut fresh pineapple from the produce section! WAY easier!

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