Thursday, September 29, 2011
A Berry Good Slice of Pineapple
I thought I'd keep it simple because sometimes it's the simple things that are the best. I had sliced the pineapple up earlier in preparation for whatever I might do so the hard part was done. I thought about grilling it, but to be perfectly honest, I was just too tired after a long day to get out and set up anything grill-related. At 10 pm, the stove top sounded just as good. I decided on a simple pan-fried pineapple. I doctored it up with some sugar and spice to make it sweet and fragrant and it really added some depth to the pineapple flavor.
While it was cooking, I was struck with the idea to make a raspberry sauce to go with it. I've never seen that kind of sauce with pineapple before, so I thought I'd just go for it. The taste of the pineapple was quite good and the raspberry sauce added a tartness that offset the caramelized sugar well. The whole thing wasn't too sweet and there was a nice richness from the pan cooking method. I bet it would go great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I have a little leftover sauce...so what should I make next?
Spiced Pineapple Slice with Raspberry Sauce
1 thick slice from a medium/large fresh pineapple
1/2 tsp honey butter (3 TB butter mixed with 1 TB honey, but regular butter is just fine)
1/4 tsp brown sugar
1 c frozen raspberries
1 TB sugar
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1. Melt butter in small non-stick pan and add pineapple slice.
2. Sprinkle top with brown sugar and a little cinnamon.
3. Cook each side over medium-low heat until browned and slightly caramelized.
1. Place all ingredients into microwavable bowl.
2. Cook on high for three minutes.
3. Puree in blender.
4. Drizzle desired amount over pineapple slice.