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.