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Summer Desserts on the Grill

August 5, 2014

Grilling Fruit

Some of the top aromas of summer: freshly mown grass, roses in bloom, and that wonderful smell as the grill fires up. Three out of four people use their grills once a week during the grilling season, so the wonderful scents of brats, burgers or steak on the grill waft through the air on a regular basis.

grilled pineapple

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But grilling isn’t only for meat, it’s for a variety of food, even fruit. The following grilled fruit recipes are simple to make, and why not? The grill’s going to be hot anyway!

Grilled pineapple is a great complement for almost any grilled meat.

Grilled Pineapple

1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch rings

1/4 teaspoon honey

3 tablespoons melted butter

1 dash hot pepper sauce

salt to taste

Place the pineapple rings in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Add honey, butter, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Seal bag and shake to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate. Grill pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.

This next dessert on the grill will take you back to those childhood summer camp days!

Campfire Banana Splits

6 large bananas, unpeeled, stems removed

Grilled Banana Split

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2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows

Preheat the grill for high heat. Spray 4 sheets of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap bananas, with cooking spray.

Slice the peel of the banana from stem to bottom, while slicing the banana inside lengthwise. Carefully open the banana just wide enough to place the desired amount of chocolate chips and marshmallows inside the peel with the banana.

Wrap the bananas with the aluminum foil and place on the grill. Heat until the chocolate chips and marshmallows are melted, about 5 minutes. Unwrap the foil, open the banana peels and eat with a spoon.

If you’re craving peaches ‘n cream, this dessert takes it up a notch with melted cream cheese. Include these items in your Minneapolis groceries order and you’ll be set for a delicious, hot-off-the-grill treat.

Grilled Peaches and Cream

grilled peaches4 peaches, halved and pitted

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup Honey Nut cream cheese

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat your grill for medium-high heat. Brush peaches lightly with oil. Place them pit side down onto the grill. Grill for 5 minutes or until the surfaces have grill marks. Turn the peaches over and drizzle with honey. Place a dollop of the cream cheese spread in the place where the pit was. Grill for 2 or 3 more minutes until the filling is warm and serve immediately.

When you’re completing your Minneapolis grocery shopping online, check out the Easy Eats section for delicious grilled fruit recipes. Grilled Pineapple with Poppyseed Dressing would go well with any grilling menu, and for dessert you could try a Sweet Grilled Stuffed Burrito—filled with berries and Nutella.

Whatever you’re grilling for dinner, don’t neglect your sweet tooth. Grilled fruit is the perfect addition to your menu of grilled steak, pork or burgers. Not to mention that grilled desserts will finish off your meal delectably. Fire it up and enjoy those amazing aromas!

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