I ate a lot during my recent vacation in Costa Rica. Perhaps the greatest indulgence of the trip, however, was the abundance of fresh fruit. Sugary delights like kiwi, papaya, mango, and pineapple were a welcomed part of every meal. One special night, I treated myself to a humble little dessert with major flavor: a platter of sweet soaked pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon and candied ginger. It was fresh, light, and decadent.
Because I’m currently experiencing vacation withdrawal, I decided to bring a bit of Costa Rica home with me and recreate a plate with similar bright and tropical flavors. The result? This cinnamon broiled pineapple recipe!
Because pineapple is so refreshing all on its own, there’s no need for anything complicated. Simply caramelize the pineapple pieces and add some spice to really enhance the taste. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as a side dish or add ice cream for a delicious dessert.
Cinnamon Broiled Pineapple Pieces
Makes: about 4-6 servings
-about 3 tbsp maple syrup
1. Line baking sheet with tin foil and coat with a bit of non-stick cooking spray or a little coconut oil.
2. Core pineapple and slice off sides. Cut pineapple into medium-sized (a little thick, and about 1 inch long) pieces.
3. Arrange slices on baking sheet. Drizzle maple syrup over the slices and lightly dust them with cinnamon. Put into oven on broil.
4. Leave pineapple slices in oven until they start to caramelize (about 10 minutes). Then, flip the pieces and leave them in for an additional 5 minutes or so. The pieces should look lightly browned on each side.
5. Sprinkle the pieces with an additional dusting of cinnamon and serve immediately. The pineapple pairs especially well with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream!
*Note: if you have access to a grill, try this recipe out on the barbecue! I’m limited to an apartment in the city (dictated by some annoying rules regarding cooking food outdoors!) so I have to settle for the oven. If you do choose to grill the pineapple pieces, cut them into larger chunks so that they’re easier to handle.
These cinnamon broiled pineapple pieces boast sweet, crisp notes and are the perfect way to kick off the season.
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