My favorite fruits

The other night I made a little snack out of some leftover pineapple I had. Pineapple is fantastic, isn’t it? Extremely underrated as fruits go. In fact, I’d say that pineapple is quite possibly my favorite fruit of all time (next to Carson Kressley).


But as delicious as it is, when you buy a whole pineapple for yourself, it takes about 3 days to get through it, and after a while you’re maybe looking for some different things to do with it. There’s grilled pineapple, which is tasty, but since I don’t have a grill, I was wondering what would happen if I put it under the broiler, and maybe jazz it up a little, maybe caramelize the top with some sugar and make a dessert out of it.

I didn’t find an exact match with the ingredients I had on hand, but I found this simple little recipe that I tried with salted almonds and smaller pieces of pineapple.

1 whole pineapple, ripe
1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 pinch salt

Preheat the broiler to very hot. Cut off the top of the pineapple. Cut a slice off the bottom to stabilize the pineapple, then peel from top to bottom with a sharp knife. Cut out any “eyes” in the fruit. Cut into 1/2 -inch-thick slices. Using a small cookie or biscuit cutter, cut the core out of each slice. Divide the slices on ovenproof plates. Chill until ready to serve. In a small bowl, toss together the macadamia nuts, sugar, butter and salt. Spoon over the pineapple slices. Broil (not too close to the heat) until the topping is caramelized and bubbly, about 2 to 4 minutes. Serve hot.

Here it is, before I cooked it:


I made a couple of goofs: I think I put it too close to the flame, and the nuts got singed, plus, I’m not sure that salted almonds were quite right for this. The flavor was off.  And then the hard, crackly topping kind of slid off the moist pineapple. Oh well.

But it was an interesting experiment nonetheless. Any time you combine brown sugar with butter and then make it bubble, it’s gonna be pretty darn good. I confirmed this when I licked the bowl of the topping mixture. Melted butter and brown sugar… try it some time.


1 Comment

  1. Andy said,

    February 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Quieres…una piña?

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