Grilled Summer Fruit
Grilled Summer Fruit
Grilled fruit can be used as toppings for many things including pancakes, pound cake and ice cream as shown here. It is best to use fresh fruit when possible. However, if you’re like me and grill every chance you get, regardless of the season, you can always use frozen fruit for this recipe.
One word of caution, frozen fruit will create more juice as they thaw so you may have to drain off the juice before serving or thaw the fruit before cooking.
Many fruits will work for this recipe but cooking times will vary, for example if you use peaches or pears, they will take longer to soften and warm on the grill than your blueberries or raspberries.
2/3 c. strawberries, rinsed
2/3 c. blueberries, rinsed
2/3 c. raspberries, rinsed
2/3 c. blackberries, rinsed
1/4 c. butter – could use olive oil if you prefer
1/2 c. granulated sugar
Preheat the grill to a low heat.
Tear off two large pieces of foil and lay them on a flat surface. Place half of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in the middle of one foil sheet. Place the remaining fruit on the second sheet.
Divide the butter into two equal parts and place on top of the fruit. This will help steam the fruit and keep it from sticking to the foil.
Seal the foil around the fruit leaving a small hole at the top for steam to escape.
Grill the packets, turning once, for 10-15 minutes or until the fruit has softened. Grilling time will vary depending on the type of fruit you use.
Carefully open the packets and sprinkle each one with ½ of the sugar. Stir to coat.
Immediately transfer the fruit to a serving bowl or storage container. If using warm, serve over ice cream as we have done.
Other Use Ideas:
Double the recipe and serve as a side dish. It would be an delicious side dish for a ham dinner.
Use some to make unique, fresh fruit smoothies.
Grilled fruits have a delicious flavor that would be excellent for using in cobblers, pies and crisps.
Try various combinations of apples, pears, peaches, oranges and pineapple. You can include bananas, nectarines, plums, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango, star fruit, strawberries or any of your favorites.
Instead of sprinkling with sugar, try using cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or lemon juice for extra flavor.
For a twist on traditional strawberry short cake, use pound cake instead of angel food cake, add grilled fruit, whipped topping and crush a few ginger snap cookies over the top.