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Grilled pineapple with rum and long pepper glaze

Grilled pineapple with rum and long pepper glaze
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Everything seems to taste exponentially better when seasoned with fresh air and stars -- and smoke -- and maybe because it's unexpected, this is especially true of dessert. So after the grilled burgers or lamb, the chicken or ribs, why ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 to 8
  • 1 large ripe pineapple
  • 1 or 2 dried long peppers (to yield 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground pepper)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Step 1Peel and core the pineapple, then cut it into 16 lengthwise spears. Using a spice or clean coffee grinder, grind the long pepper to a medium fine powder. In a small, dry skillet, stir the ground pepper and cinnamon and toast over low heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Set aside.

Step 2In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the rum, brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has come to a boil. Remove the glaze from the heat and stir in the toasted spices.

Step 3Brush the pineapple spears lightly with the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off. Using long-handled metal tongs, place the pineapple spears on a clean, oiled grill over medium heat. Cook for 1 to 3 minutes per side, carefully basting the spears with additional glaze as they cook. (The rum in the glaze can create flare-ups if it drips into hot coals, so use a long-handled brush to apply the glaze and stand back.) The pineapple is done when it is slightly softened and golden brown, with grill marks. Drizzle with more glaze before serving, if desired.

Note: Dried long peppers are available at select Indian and Asian markets. If any glaze is unused, it will keep for a week, refrigerated, and makes a great topping for ice cream; rewarm before using.

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