At a weekend barbecue, the party hosts announced
that "dessert was on the grill," which turned out to be a produce
parade of sliced sweet potatoes, then mango halves and, finally,
Our eyes were truly bedazzled with the colorful display, yet we
still harbored a silent prejudice that the grilled dessert would be
one of those "dieter's delights," i.e., chock-full of antioxidants,
a.k.a. "healthy," a.k.a. the type of thing that you eat only
because you're on a diet.
Wrong, so very wrong. Blissfully wrong.
As we discovered from our benevolent hosts, the process of
grilling produce enhances the sweetness by caramelizing the
naturally occurring sugars. The end result, particularly for fruit,
is an item that's sweet enough to hold its own against the more
traditional & flamboyant summer custards, pies and
Evidently, sweet enough to attract mosquitos, too; mosquitos
know a sweet thing when they see it.
We then experimented with flavor combos and condiments. Grilled
sweet potatoes with butter and ground cinnamon. Grilled pineapple
with teriyaki dipping sauce. Grilled mangos with brown sugar,
though one of us spooned-out the contents and ate the fruit with
ice cream. A coworker from Monterrey, Mexico later suggested trying
a bit of salt, chile and lime juice to balance the sweetness of the
fruit. We're game!
Toss your own dessert on the grill with these Pineapple-Glazed
Fruit Basket Skewers.