Chef Ludo Lefebvre grills whole, peeled pineapple on a spit, like rotisserie chicken. Here the smoky, sweet flesh is spooned over ice cream and drizzled with spicy caramel, but it also makes a fabulous topper for pound cake and shortcakes.
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8 vanilla beans, 4 halved lengthwise and cut crosswise in half, 4 split lengthwise, seeds scraped
1 whole pineapple, peeled
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
1 stick unsalted butter, sliced
1 cup sugar
2 bananas, sliced
2 tablespoons peeled, chopped fresh ginger
1 jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced
Ice cream, for serving
How to Make It
Using a larding needle, thread the vanilla bean quarters crosswise through the pineapple. Remove the spit from the rotisserie attachment and heat the grill. Skewer the pineapple on the spit, pushing it to the center. Reattach the spit to the motor. Cook the pineapple, brushing occasionally with olive oil, until slightly softened, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the sugar and cook, stirring, until dissolved, then cook, undisturbed, until light brown. Carefully swirl the pan and cook until the caramel turns deep amber. Carefully add the bananas, ginger and 1 cup of water; the hot caramel will sputter. Stir until the caramel melts. Add the jalapeño and vanilla seeds and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed to loosen. Let cool completely.
Transfer the pineapple to a carving board and let it cool slightly. Cut as desired. Serve with the caramel sauce and ice cream.
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