This past year on Kitchen Mischief we have shown you some great recipes on the grill. You could literally make an entire meal outside. Let’s see we showed you how we made kabobs, Greek flank steak, pulled pork, and roasted corn salad…but what about dessert? I think we get stuck in the notion that the grill is only used for savory foods, that is so not the truth.
Let me show you a really quick dish that you can certainly make elements ahead of time for a really elegant dessert. I made Grilled Pears with Maple Cinnamon Cream with Walnuts.
Mischief Tip #1: When grilling fruit, it is wise to use a firm fruit, such as apples, pears (not the soft ones), peaches, pineapple, and plums.
The softer the fruit, the more it will disintegrate when heat is applied.
Mischief Tip #2: To remove the core of the pear or apple, use a mellonballer, or in my case a metal measuring spoon, to scoop out the middle of the fruit.
Mischief Tip #3: To toast walnuts or
most nuts, place the nuts in a dry saute’ pan and put over medium-high heat, stir often and remove when you can smell them cooking.
Pears with Maple Cinnamon Cream with Walnuts (serves 4)
2 pears (I used firm red pears)
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
4 teaspoons maple syrup (you can use honey, but it won’t be maple)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (1/4 of a lemon)
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of kosher salt
(I didn’t add vanilla because I forgot, but a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla would be tasty)
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar or brown sugar
Non-stick cooking spray
Combine cream cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, lemon zest, half the walnuts and vanilla (if you don’t forget) in a small bowl. Be sure to taste it, need more maple? Add a little more. Need more cinnamon? Add a little more. You get the picture. Place in the fridge until needed.
When ready to serve, heat the grill (or grill pan) to high heat (medium-high for grill pan). Cut the pears in half and core out the seeds. Spritz the pears with the cooking spray. Also, spray the grill with the non-stick spray to reduce sticking. Place the pears on the grill and cook for 5 minutes or until somewhat soft to touch.
Flip the pears and sprinkle liberally with turbinado or brown sugar. Close the grill and let the sugar melt.
Remove from the grill. Top each pear an equal amount of maple cream. Top with remaining walnuts.
Need Another Idea?
Grill the pears but add maple ice cream to them. Or grill peaches and add vanilla ice cream. Yum!
You don’t need to be stuck inside to make a dessert, bring it outside to the grill. It’s easy and can be healthy. Hopefully, Kitchen Mischief has helped you get ready for grill season. Enjoy! 😉