Go beyond burgers this grilling season and throw some fruit on that BBQ.
When you grill fruit, it evaporates some of the water in it and concentrates the sugar – making for a sweet treat and delicious summertime dessert. Stick with large, thinly sliced fruits on the grill; anything too small, like grapes, will fall through the grates. If you are working with smaller fruits, secure them together with skewers. And don’t forget to clean your grates before getting started, as the fruit is likely to take on the flavor of the last thing you grilled. Try these three different ways to enjoy grilled fruit.
GRILLED BROWN SUGAR BANANAS
Preheat grill to medium-low heat. Without removing the peel, cut bananas in half lengthwise. Drizzle exposed halves with lemon juice, then coat with brown sugar. Place peel side up on a well-oiled grate. Cook 2-3 minutes, flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the grill, then remove bananas from peel. Serve with ice cream.
Grilled Mangoes & Strawberries with Honey
Preheat grill to medium-low heat. Whisk together 1 tablespoon lime juice and 2 tablespoons honey; set aside. Thread two cubed mangoes and 1 cup of stemmed strawberries on skewers. Brush with canola oil. Grill, turning, 3-4 minutes, until fruit begins to caramelize; remove from heat. Drizzle honey lime mixture over the warm fruit.
Grilled Maple Peaches with Pecans
Preheat grill to medium-low heat. Cut peaches in half, remove pits. Brush exposed side with maple syrup, than place, cut side down, on well-oiled grill. Cook 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, brush with more maple syrup and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Serve with yogurt or ice cream.