Pineapple Pleasures

A perfectly ripe and fresh pineapple is wonderful cored, sliced, and eaten on its own, but there are many sweet and savory ways to make the tropical fruit part of a meal.

Pineapple can be used in savory condiments like salsa, or this chutney, which Gio pairs with fish or meat. Hounds also like to add pineapple chunks to fried rice.

Moving on to dessert, pineapple makes a great topping for ice cream or pound cake when sautéed in butter and brown sugar. CanadaGirl adds rum and flambés it, and declares this variation to be "mmmmm mmmmm good." Instead of sautéing, Burghfeeder combines half a stick of melted butter, 1/4 cup spiced rum, and a tablespoon of brown sugar, and then brushes the mixture on pineapple slices before grilling them for a couple minutes on each side.

Or, you can skip the cooking altogether and have the "most excellent pineapple dessert," which erica discovered in Barcelona. To make it, drizzle the cut fruit with molasses and sprinkle it with lime zest. "The combination is thrilling," erica says. paulj agrees: "That's one of my favorite ways of eating pineapple."

You can even imbibe your pineapple. Fill a pitcher with the sliced fruit, top it off with vodka, "[p]ut it in the fridge for a week and [then] enjoy some wonderful pineapple cocktails," says katecm.

Discuss: Blessed with TWO fresh pineapples. Any idea of what to do with them?

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