Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and Rum Sauce

grilledpineapple Desserts. I grew up in a family that very rarely had desserts after meals. Instead, they were reserved for special occasions - birthday, dinner parties. The extent of our dessert on any "normal" day was a big bowl of ice cream. Sometimes we would jazz it up with fresh raspberries from the garden. I know people who feel the need to include some sort of treat after every meal. In my opinion, it's completely unnecessary.

That being said, when you find a good recipe, hang on to it!

The pairing of flavors in this recipe is outstanding. The sweetness of the pineapple with the richness of the rum sauce. Be ready to serve this dish immediately - the ice cream will quickly melt. I think I've found a new favorite summer time treat - grilled fruit!

Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and Rum Sauce Recipe from Food Network Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 (3 to 4 pound) pineapple Cooking spray 2 teaspoons butter 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup rum 1 pint vanilla ice cream

Directions:

  1. Cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple, peel and cut it crosswise into 8 rings, about 1/2-inch each. Use a spoon or apple corer to carve out the center core of each ring.
  2. Spray a large grill pan with cooking spray and heat over a medium flame.
  3. Grill the pineapple, in 2 or 3 batches, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until it is nicely brown and grill marks have appeared. (You can also grill this on an outdoor grill sprayed with cooking spray before being heated.)
  4. While the last batch of pineapple cooks, heat the butter, sugar and rum in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  5. Place a pineapple ring on each plate, scoop 1/4 cup of ice cream into the center of the ring, and drizzle about 2 teaspoons of sauce on top.