OK, we’ll just go right ahead and admit that technically this is “grilled” fruit, but doesn’t “flame-broiled fruit” sound so much better?
Anyway, this week we’ve been grilling fruit because 1) It’s summer and we have amazing fruits on hand; 2) We’ve already got the grill on anyway; and 3) We’ve got a serious dragon obsession going on in our house right now.
Along with our Netflix Stream Team, our kids have started watching the new and original Netflix/DreamWorks series “Dragons: Race To the Edge,” a follow-up to the popular How to Train Your Dragon movies. In the new series, the characters Hiccup and Toothless return, soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons. “Dragons: Race to the Edge” introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.
Our kids hunkered down a few days ago to watch the series and they became devoted to it with such intensity that they barely stopped for a break until they had seen all 13 episodes, only to ask when Season 2 was coming out.
Since there’s been lots of talk about dragon fire at our house, we decided to liven up our meals with a little bit of “flame-broiled” fruit. Fruit that’s been cooked over a grill takes on a whole new appeal as the sugars are condensed and caramelized. The end result is an intensely sweet and slightly smoky flavor.
There are really not many rules when it comes to grilling fruit. You can grill just about any fruit, and it’s worth experimenting to decide what’s your favorite (peaches and pineapples are a family favorite in our house). Once you cut up your fruit, you can brush it lightly with oil, but you don’t have to. Some people brush the fruit lightly with sugar, syrup, or honey, but you don’t have to. (It’s so sweet anyway!) See? It’s basically a free-for-all.
The main advice is to use firm, just-ripe fruit (as opposed to soggy, soft, or overripe) because it will hold together better on the grill. And if you’re going to grill small fruits like strawberries, string them together on a kebab so they don’t fall through the grates – you don’t want to lose any of your precious fruit. And watch the grill closely; the fruit should cook somewhat quickly; about 3 minutes or so on each side.
That’s it! Now go fire up your dragon, er, grill, and add some sweetness to your next barbecue.