Tuesday, June 01, 2010


When I saw that Central Market had pineapples on sale, I knew that I would be buying one. I didn't really have a plan but I wanted to play around with the sweet juicy fruit. When we were in Hawaii last year, we had wonderfully sweet pineapple that I haven't tasted since then. The pineapple I bought was sweet and tasty but still not the same thing as what I had in Hawaii.

Chewie and Abby with the pineapple

Bacon wrapped pineapple

1 pound Bacon
1 can Chunked Pineapple (large Chunks)
½ cups Brown Sugar

Cut the pound of bacon in half. Put the brown sugar in a shallow bowl. Take a half a slice of bacon and dredge it through the brown sugar. (I actually sprinkled the brown sugar over the pineapple in a bowl, then wrapped the bacon around the pineapple). Put a chunk of pineapple on one end of the bacon slice and roll up. Secure with a toothpick.

I cooked these on the grill, but I will warn you don't walk away for to long. I think the sugar dripped off causing a huge flame. I came back to the grill just in time to save these little guys from a charred death. The original recipe called to bake the bacon wrapped pineapple at 375 degrees, for 25 minutes. On the grill, I only cooked them for about 15 minutes.

Our overall impression of this appetizer was that it is a sweet salty goodness. The pineapple still retained it's juiciness and the bacon was nice and crisp. We will be making these again... and perhaps we might add a sliver of jalapeno for an extra kick.

Since we have so much pineapple I needed to find a different recipe to use it. I bought a couple of Halibut filet's for dinner, so I thought a fruity salsa would be good. I marinated the fish in lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, garlic, onion and a squirt or two of Sriracha sauce. I marinated the fish for about 45 minutes but there wasn't a lot of flavor to the fish. Overall the pineapple salsa was a really good addition to the fish. I think it would also go wonderfully with shrimp quesadilla’s.

For the salsa:

1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup finely diced pineapple
1/3 cup finely diced, seeded English cucumber
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeno (didn't have this, but the slight heat would have been nice)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

In a small bowl whisk together the honey and the lime juice. Combine the pineapple, cucumber, onion, jalapeno and mint in a medium bowl, pour the dressing over and toss to combine. Set aside.


Optimista said...

Ooo, these both sound so yummy! And Abby looks so cute sniffing the pineapple.

Dana said...

The bacon wrapped pineapple was my favorite! Perfect combination of sweet and salty. Abby had no idea what to do with the pineapple.. she tried to bite a leaf but gave up :)