When planning out a menu for a party, it's always ideal to add some color and nutrition to your meals. Fresh fruits and vegetables complement meats or pastas wonderfully and all your guests, including children will definitely love them.
Try these delicious grilled fruit recipes – it will make you feel like it's summer no matter what time of the year it is!
Figs with Honey Cheese
What you need:
- 12 ripe black figs, halved lengthwise
- 1 lemon, zested
- 3-inch fresh rosemary, plus extra sprigs for garnishing
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon dark honey
- 1 tablespoon rum
To make the honey cheese mixture, mix together the mascarpone cheese, 1 tablespoon honey, lemon zest and rum in a blender or food processor. Pulse until the mixture is frothy. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Bring the 1/4 cup honey and rosemary to a simmer in a pan over medium heat then lower the heat. Simmer for 2 minutes more. Using a fork, dip the cut side of each fig half into the hot honey. Cook on a pre-heated grill over medium high heat (indirect heat) for 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with chilled honey cheese topped with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Banana Split Grill Style
What you need:
- 6 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise (peel on)
- 6 maraschino cherries
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Hot Fudge Sauce
- Rum Caramel Sauce
- 2 cups lightly sweetened whipped cream
- 1/2 cup Roasted lightly salted peanuts, chopped
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons honey
Arrange the banana halves, cut side up, on a large plate. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook the bananas on a pre-heated grill, covered, over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are beginning to caramelize around the edges. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. To serve the banana split, very carefully remove the soft bananas from their skin. Place 2 grilled bananas on a serving bowl. Top each serving with 2 to 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with hot fudge sauce and rum caramel sauce, followed by sweetened whipped cream. Finish the look with the roasted salted peanuts and 2 maraschino cherries. Serve immediately.
Want to feel like it's summer no matter what time of the year it is? Bring out your grill and try any of these oh-so-yummy grilled fruit recipes!