It's January (almost February) in Alaska, and while the days are definitely longer, it's still a dark, cold time of year. So much so that Alaskans often take this time to fly somewhere tropical, lounging in warm sunshine, sipping drinks with little umbrellas in them, and tasting fresh, fruity flavors.
These little skewers are easy, fast, and taste really good with grilled meats like pork and chicken. Serve them up when you need a little bit of "island time" in your life. ~TFC
Grilled Pineapple Skewers (serves 4)
Ingredients and procedure:
- Fresh pineapple, cut into 3-inch inch planks (or cube pineapple, just make sure it is large enough to withstand a skewer and the grill)
- 1 1/2 cups simple syrup *
- Soak wooden skewers in a bowl of water to keep them from burning, or use metal skewers
- Place pineapple into large, zip-type bag and pour simple syrup all over it, allowing pieces to be covered. Let sit for a few minutes.
- Preheat grill, and be sure to oil or spray the grill rack to prevent sticking
- Place pineapple on skewers, then on grill, for 2-4 minutes (depending on sizes of pineapple), turning to make sure pineapple doesn't overcook, but so that the natural sugars can become caramelized
- Serve immediately while still warm
- Variations include adding a bit of heat with pepper sauce, or some spice with cinnamon. Make it your own.
*Simple syrup is just like it sounds; simple, but a great way to infuse sugar into a recipe, especially drinks or marinades. Pour equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan, and stir slowly over medium heat. Sugar dissolves into water, so one cup of sugar and one cup of water will make about 1 1/2 cups of syrup. Store extra in the refrigerator.