Monday, August 28, 2006

Grilled Pineapple with Grand Marnier - Cream Sauce

Sometimes, the most simply prepared food is the most memorable - pasta tossed in butter and parsley for an easy meal, a perfectly ripe mango in the peak of summer or peach-ice on an overbearingly hot day, life's joys sometimes is in the small things. Not fussing with complex recipes or hard-to-find ingredients spares time for a lazy afternoon nap, re-reading a forgotten novel or sharing a laugh with loved ones. As summer crawls to an end, the need to capture every last bit of summer sets in, and with it, a craving for everything summer - fresh vegetables, bright colors, breezy blouses and flip-flops.


Although they don't often find their place in traditional pies or cobblers, tropical fruits epitomize summer - juicy mangoes, papaya or melons sometimes take the place of a meal around this time of the year. A few ingredients and a juicy pineapple, with some time, transform into an elegant and simple dessert - with subtle flavours and unexpected ingredients. Grand Marnier - an orange flavoured liquer that is instanly recognized by its signature red seal and renowned in the world of spirits for its quality and excellence, tenders a delicate flavour of oranges to the butter-cream sauce and takes the grilled pineapple to the next level.

Remove the skin from the pineapple, cut away the 'eyes' and slice into spears. Brush melted butter and grill the spears for a few minutes on each side, till grill marks start to appear.

In a saucepan, add brown sugar (1/2 cup),butter(1/3 cup) and heavy cream(1/2 cup), stir till the sugar melts and bring to a boil over medium heat. Take it off the heat, add orange juice(1/3 cup) and grand marnier(1/3 cup). Arrange the spears in a bowl and spoon the sauce over it. Garnish with orange zest.


Blogger wheresmymind said...

Did ya light it on fire???

9:36 AM, August 28, 2006  
Blogger gattina said...

beautiful... both the recipe and your writing!

4:01 AM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger indianadoc said...

wonderfu write up and gd snaps too..

7:46 AM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger Baking Soda said...

Yum! Grand Marnier and fresh pine apple, two of my favourite things!
Thank you for visiting my blog, hope to see you again.

12:14 PM, August 31, 2006  
Blogger Baking Soda said...

I hope you don't mind, please don't feel you must at all.
But, I tagged you to do the five foods to eat before you die. You can read all about it in this post.

It all started with Melissa at the Travellers lunchbox Would you consider participate?

3:27 AM, September 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing about this that doesn't sound delicious. Grand Marnier, cream, pineapple, butter... Yum!

11:20 AM, September 03, 2006  
Blogger Monisha said...

wheresmymind -
I did think about doing a 'flambe', maybe next time :) !

gattina -
Thank you ! You're very kind.

Thanks !

baking soda -
I'll be glad to write about the five foods I'd like to eat before I die. This will be fun !

Thank you for visiting.

natalia -
You're right, with such delicious ingredients it is difficult to go wrong !

10:52 PM, September 04, 2006  
Blogger Nandita said...

wonderfully written Monisha-about summer and simple things in life...the sauce sounds sinful-doesn;t alcohol make anything taste better :)

7:33 AM, September 16, 2006  
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