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Life & Grilled Pineapple with Black Pepper and Caramel
You know something? That saying “it’s the little things that count” is so true. Please, thank you, God bless you, and excuse me; though small, are very important. Also, they help prevent grimacing stares and speculation on how you were raised. Emptying your Duggar family size cart of groceries onto the conveyor belt while someone behind you is holding just 2 items (no other lanes open) and saying “Go on ahead of me” is another. This isn’t just a good deed, but one of those little things that count and pay off in karma currency. Paying compliments will get you far – heart-felt compliments only, please. Share, even if it’s the last one. It does wonders for the soul. It’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? That includes your breath. Brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue before a date is thoughtful and far more necessary than many people think. In fact, it should be a no brainer even if the teeth aren’t yours.
A couple more… Smile! It’s contagious. Lastly, giving without a concern for reciprocity. It really does feel good.
Recently, I went on a patio date with my Hunny. For dessert, I made these wonderfully delicious grilled pineapples. Now, if you know me, and especially if you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I am passionately passionate about caramel. It’s my fountain of youth. Caramel is good to the last drop. It makes everything better. I find that I smile more, and I think my hair grows faster and it gets shinier. I don’t have to wear my glasses as often. I get “that glow”. My butt lifts. My hearing is far more keen. I think my car even gets better gas mileage when I eat caramel. It is a gift from an angel. I think you get the picture. I didn’t care about caramel and pineapple’s true compatibility since caramel makes everything better anyway. Anyhoo, I made this dessert for us, and what does Hunny do? Hunny ate it ALL! Hunny finally looked up from the bowl, and said “Man, that was good!!!” First, I was astounded. Then I was confused. Then, I remembered! IT HAD CARAMEL ON IT. So what did I do? I snatched the bowl, grabbed a spoon, and wait! Hunny devoured the caramel, too. Now, I was pissed. How selfish could one be? I grabbed the bag of Fig Newtons from the counter and thought about this atrocity. I thought of how earlier that day I was at the grocery store holding my pineapple and can of tuna behind this lady with the most beautiful greenish brown eyes I’ve ever seen. That’s what I told her as she let me go ahead of her in line. When I made my way up there, there was a kid more than willing to share his slobbery sucker with me. I kindly declined his generosity, but I was ever so flattered that it was with me that he chose to share his sucker. I cooked a big meal for this date. I got all gussied up. I even brushed my teeth and scraped my tongue! It had been a day of little things – wonderful things. Hunny smiled at me reminding me of how those caramel covered pineapples hit the spot, and I magically forgot about what I didn’t get. I put that Fig Newton down. Having the dessert that I prepared for us didn’t even matter anymore because at that very moment, I remembered something more priceless than any of this – THERE’S MORE CARAMEL IN THE FRIDGE!!!
Let’s get started!
I’m going to save you some time, and give you a short and sweet (pun intended) version of this recipe.
First, prepare your grill.
Second, using the highest quality caramel topping you can find. Pour 1 cup of it into a medium size bowl and put the bowl over a pot of simmering water. As the caramel topping is warming, add 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of bourbon, brandy, or dark rum, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Heat it until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Remove from the heat, and allow it to cool.
Next, skewer 4-6 pineapple chunks (per skewer). How many skewers/chunks you grill is totally up to you. The caramel will be used to pour over your grilled skewered pineapples or as a fondue. Therefore, make as many or as little as you would like as no other ingredients are dependent upon the amount of pineapple you grill. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, you want the pineapple to soften and to get grill marks, about 3-5 minutes on the flat sides of the chunks.
Once you’ve grilled your pineapple chunks, put them in a bowl or on a plate. You may now have your way with the caramel. Pour it all over or into a bowl, and enjoy!