By Mayo Clinic Staff
April 16, 2014
Grilling caramelizes the natural sugar found in fruit, which turns the sugar brown, makes it sticky and intensifies its sweetness. Balsamic vinegar with its sweet yet tart flavor is a wonderful complement to grilled fruit.
Number of servings Serves 4
- 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 4 wedges
- 2 large mangoes, cored and cut in half
- 2 large peaches, cored and cut in half
- Butter-flavored cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- Mint or basil leaves for garnish
In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, mangoes and peaches. Spray generously with cooking spray. Toss and spray again to ensure the fruit is well-coated. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Toss to coat evenly. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar over low heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced in half, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
Place the fruit on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove the fruit from the grill and arrange onto individual serving plates. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and garnish with mint or basil. Serve immediately.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: 3 pieces grilled fruit and sauce
- Total fat Trace
- Calories 208
- Protein 1 g
- Cholesterol 0 mg
- Total carbohydrate 50 g
- Dietary fiber 4 g
- Monounsaturated fat 0 g
- Saturated fat 0 g
- Trans fat 0 g
- Sodium 9 mg
- Added sugars 12 g
- Fruits 2
- Sweets, desserts and other carbohydrates 1
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