Once you’ve got the grill going, be it charcoal or gas, you ought to use that heat to its maximum advantage with our grilling fruit tips. Vegetables brushed with olive oil are always a good bet, but how about fruit? The heat does marvelous things to fruit’s natural attributes, much the same way it deepens the flavor of beef. If you’re grilling for Father’s Day, you may want to add some fruit to the main attraction.
Heat caramelizes the outer layer of both beef and fruit, concentrating flavor and creating a delicious crust. Consider topping a burger with a slice of grilled pineapple or serving that luscious strip steak with a half of a grilled peach. Or maybe even mango.
Here are five fruit grilling tips to get you started:
- Make sure the grate is clean and grill the fruit over indirect heat.
- Watermelon, bananas, pineapple, mangoes, peaches, figs, pears, and even grapes and strawberries, can take the heat. Soak in liquor or drizzle with honey before grilling for an added burst of flavor. At the least, brush with melted butter so the fruit doesn’t dry out.
- Fruit should be cut in pieces large enough so it won’t fall through the grate. Thread grapes or anything else you cut in smaller chunks on skewers. Cut peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines in half and remove pits.
- The skin helps the fruit keep its shape as it cooks; don’t peel it. Bananas and mangoes can be cut in half lengthwise and grilled in their skins. Scoop out warm flesh with a spoon.
- Ripeness and water content dictates how long fruit should be grilled. Ripe fruit will be ready in about five minutes. Harder, less ripe fruit will take longer. Grilling will not enhance green fruit. It will remain bitter if that’s how it started. Fruit that is overly ripe is not a good candidate for the grill. It will fall apart. Watch watermelon, strawberries and grapes closely.
This week, Sunday Supper partnered with Certified Angus Beef® brand to develop recipes for summer grilling and we like the idea of adding seasonal fruit to the menu. Certified Angus Beef® brand works with farmers and ranchers every step of the way to make sure the beef they produce is the highest quality possible. We tasted that care in the dishes we made.
The Sunday Supper tastemakers had a blast this week developing recipes for summer grilling using Certified Angus Beef® brand. They have enhanced the natural attributes of the beef with flavors as varied as cocoa, coffee, ginger, soy, balsamic vinegar and beef’s best friend, garlic. It has been a delicious week.
Join us for tonight’s 7 p.m. ET Twitter chat when we talk about all things beef and grilling. While you wait, find more inspiration on this Summer Grilling Recipes Pinterest board. And you can continue the Twitter chat by following #GrillTalk for more recipes and suggestions using Certified Angus Beef®.
Here are today’s recipes:
- Grilled Sirloin Steak with Corn Tomato and Avocado Appetizer by Family Foodie
- Grilled Steak Crostini with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Nicaraguan Style Steak Skewers with Chimichurri by Curious Cuisiniere
Marvelous Main Dishes:
- Bacon Wrapped Balsamic Marinated Sirloin Filet by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Balsamic Burgers by Life Tastes Good
- Beef Kabobs by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Bourbon Caramelized Onion and Blue Burgers by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Brisket Grinder with Smoked Peppers and Caramelized Onions by Whole Food | Real Families
- Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Chile-Rubbed Strip Steaks with Chunky Tomato-Avocado Salsa by The Weekend Gourmet
- Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs with Roasted Corn Salad by I’m Not the Nanny
- Deliciously Drunken Marinated Steak by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Garlic Ginger Soy Grilled Angus Beef Steak by Shockingly Delicious
- Grilled Bacon & Onion Ribeye Steak Sliders with Beer Cheese by Daily Dish Recipes
- Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Roasted Jalapeño Chimichurri by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Grilled Vegetable Steak Salad by Magnolia Days
- Grilled Tenderloin with Garlic Herb Butter by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Sirloin Caesar Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Steak & Quinoa Protein Bowl by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Taco Burgers by Alida’s Kitchen
- 5 Summer Grilling Tips for Fruit by Sunday Supper Movement
More on Certified Angus Beef® brand: Follow them on social media to keep up the latest news and happenings. GAnd here are quick links to Certified Angus Beef’s social media profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Use this handy store locator to find places near you to buy Certified Angus Beef® brand.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Certified Angus Beef via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Certified Angus Beef.
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