Steve Raichlen: Grilled Pineapple

Steve Raichlen creates Muscat-Grilled Pineapple with Mint and Sea Salt at the 2008 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

Steve Raichlen creates Muscat-Grilled Pineapple with Mint and Sea Salt at the 2008 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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[MUSIC] This dessert, it's so simple I'd be embarrassed to show it to you, except for the fact that it's really good. What we do is we start with fresh pineapple, and we're gonna cut it in sort of a slightly different way than you might be familiar with. So we'll just shave off one piece there. We're gonna cut if off the core kind of in pieces like that, and when we get to the core, we'll go around to the other side. And then we'll just trim this off And these trimmings are great for pineapple salsa. Okay, so that is our pineapple. And the next thing we have is chopped, fresh mint. Put the chopped, fresh mint on. Actually I'm gonna save a little bit, perhaps, for a garnish. And in this baking dish is some sweet musket wine, or whatever your favorite dessert wine is. So Marinate the pineapple at least a couple hours or as long as overnight. Once again we're gonna brush and oil our grill grate and let me show you how to make if you don't have a grill brush handy here's what I call a leadite grill brush. It's a crumpled piece of aluminum foil. And you can simply use it to clean your grate. If you're working outdoors on a charcoal or gas grill and you don't mind dripping stuff going all over the place, you can just simply take the pineapple and put it on the grill. Before I do that, I'm gonna pour off this marinating liquid. Through a strainer into a sauce pan. So, what do we have here? We've got pineapple juice mixed with wine and mint, and that's going to be reduced down to a thick syrup. That will become our sauce. Next step we want to do, is we actually want to oil the grate. A grilling event often it's the guy that gets the credit, but it's often the woman who. A decides when to grill. B invites the people who are coming over. C does the cooking. D sets the table. E lets see does the shopping. And then the man goes out and does a few things on the grill and probably usually burns half of them and leaves the grill in a deplorable state. And then the woman organizes all the cleanup and we take the credit, so, that's it. Actually, as you travel around the world's barbecue trail it's very interesting to see what gender Does the grilling. Because in many countries, most of the grill jockies are not male, but they're female. So here's our grilled pineapple. And once this sweet wine is boiled down to make a syrup, we can kind of pour that over, And then the last for this dessert, which is pretty cool, is you sprinkle the pineapple with coarse crystals of salt. Salt always has an effect of bringing out the sweetness of a dessert. [APPLAUSE]
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