Enjoy grilled fruit this summer

June 28, 2007

With barbecues firing up all over the United States this summer, Americans are enjoying not only great, grilled taste, but also a healthier method of cooking. But that gas or charcoal range isn't just for great cuts of meat. Summer's best produce can be enjoyed grilled as well. Here's a recipe for grilled fruit, a nice complement to any meat or a great alternative to heavy desserts.

Nonstick spray
3 firm but ripe nectarines, halved, pitted*
3 firm but ripe purple/black plums, halved, pitted
3 firm but ripe red plums, halved, pitted
6 metal skewers or thick wooden skewers soaked in water 30 minutes
3 Tablespoons sugar
*Apricots and peaches also can be used

1. Spray the grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat).
2. Thread one piece of each fruit on each of six skewers so that the cut sides line up and lay flat.
3. Sprinkle the sugar over the cut sides of the fruit.
4. Let stand until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes.
5. Place the fruit skewers on the grill cut side down. Grill the fruit until it is heated through and caramelized, about five minutes.
6. Transfer one fruit skewer to each plate and serve.

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