Grilled vegetables are not new to me, and like roasted vegetables, I never tire of them. Whatever you have in the garden or the vegetable bin will probably be great coated with a little oil or marinade and then skewered, ka-bob’ed, wrapped in foil, laid right on the grate or tossed in a fancy grilling box to sizzle over the coals for 15 – 30 minutes depending on how big you cut it and how tough it is. I particularly like to include colored peppers for their sweetness and red onion because it infuses everything with a lovely flavor. Zucchini, mushrooms, yellow squash, green beans, whole cherry or grape tomatoes – it’s all good! Corn is good on the grill also and Little Sis has a no-fuss method here.
The eye-opener for us this summer is grilled pineapple. After the veggies are done, we just lay rings of pineapple (I’ve used fresh, not tried canned) right on the grate and let them sit until warm or seared – whatever you like! I do brush the slices very lightly with oil first – I used avocado, but coconut would be awesome as well – both of these are safe high heat oils. Let them cook about 5 minutes a side, but keep an eye because it all depends on how hot and how close the coals.
The flavor is amazing!!! Sweet, juicy and a perfect summer dessert. The first time we did this the fire was hotter and we got the lovely brown char lines on the pineapple. Last night the fire was cooler, so no lines, but it was still awesome. Our guests really enjoyed it. One of our brilliant guests spied the dark chocolate that the children had rejected for use in s’mores and wondered if the pineapple would be even better with chocolate on top. Well, very few things suffer from the addition of chocolate, so…. we tried it.
Melt some squares of chocolate – estimate how much you’ll need for the amount of pineapple in question. We did not have much pineapple left, so I did probably 2 ounces. Adding a little coconut oil makes it drizzlier, I added very little- probably 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon.
Melt slowly in the microwave (15 – 20 seconds a few times, then less, stirring between), or in a double boiler.
Cut your pineapple into chunks and either drizzle the chocolate over, or let people dip. Luckily the kids didn’t see what we were doing right away. Let them have s’mores – I’ll take chocolate drizzled pineapple any day of the week! Mixed in with friends, kids setting off bottle rockets, and top it all off with reading beside the fire after the guests were gone and the evening was very sweet all around!