Dessert from the Grill

Now everyone has had steak, hot dogs ,and burgers hot off the grill, but have you ever tried a grilled dessert? It is really something else, and it is so easy to create some memorable meals. If you have not been experimenting with your grill, you have been seriously missing out. There is just something about food that has been grilled which makes it so flavorful. Luckily it is never too late to start!

Technically, you could grill anything; though this article is about fruit, specifically. These are some fruits that taste wonderful once cooked and that are pretty easy to grill: pineapples, apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries and the list goes on. Give any fruit you like a try and see how it tastes fresh of the grill. Cooking the fruit does change the flavor greatly; the grill tends to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit while also imparting a distinct fire cooked flavor. The flavor the grill gives foods is quite a unique one that you can’t get anywhere else.

The art of grilling does take practice to master; but anyone can do it, especially if you keep these tips in mind. First remember that on the grill the heat is much more direct, so delicate foods need extra attention. Most fruit will take no more than 10 minutes, so be sure to watch it closely. Second remember you are cooking something that was a ready-to-eat food so you are just trying to soften the outside and get grill marks without letting the insides turn to mush. You may find you like it cooked more or cooked less, be sure to try it both ways and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Now how do you turn your grilled fruit into a dessert dish? Fruit can be a great addition to so many “standard” desserts like: sundaes, cakes, cobblers, and many more. Take a regular dessert you make and try adding some grilled fruit to it. For example try to imagine a nice bowl of, let’s say, vanilla ice cream; now imagine how it would tastes with a warm grilled banana, hot fudge, and nuts. The cool of the ice cream melting with the warm caramelized banana, really makes a simple classic like the banana split stand out. That’s just one very basic example of the millions of ways you could incorporate grilled fruit to any dessert. The possibilities are endless, now aren’t you excited to try something new? Get ready to impress your friend and family.