Wow. My mind was telling me “Hey, look! A donut!” but my taste buds were telling me “Wow, that’s really different and cool!”. The pineapple rings are coated in a simple batter that cooks up golden brown delicious (GBD) , reminiscent of donuts. Drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with confectioners sugar, these little slices of heaven make for an outstandingly good dessert. I bought this really cool pineapple corer from Amazon the other day. I’ve been wanting to use it forever. I picked up a pineapple on sale, got the corer out of the box, and in about a minute I had perfect fresh pineapple rings for these grilled maple bacon pineapple rings. The corer can also be used to make a pineapple ‘bowl’, great for serving things like fried rice and grilled shrimp with pineapple. Click on the picture below if you want to learn more about it on Amazon. It’s a fun little gadget.
I remember my mom making pineapple baby beets when I was a kid. I never ate them. I was afraid of them. Beets? Ewwwww! Now, the pineapple, I could understand that. I loved pineapple. But those weird little red things that stain everything they touch? Why would you ever eat them? Well, the answer I now know is that they are GREAT! I love beets! I smoke them. I roast them. And I mix them with pineapple and devour them! A bit of sweet and a bit of earthiness, they disappear in no time, something I never thought I’d say. You can use fresh beets for these pineapple baby beets too. Just cook them first, and let them cool for a bit before chopping (unless you somehow were lucky enough to find raw baby beets) and adding in to the mix.
From the moment i ran across this great idea for a hot dog on the menu at Duke’s Gourmet Hot Dogs (sadly, now closed) I knew one thing: I was going to go big on the pineapple and spicy on the BBQ sauce. Sure, there’s some Canadian bacon down in there too, just enough to give you that great hammy (not smoked) flavor, but for me the winner-winner hot dog dinner is the combination of sweet pineapple and spicy BBQ sauce. I didn’t throw the pineapple on the grill, which definitely would’ve made them even sweeter. All I had on hand were pineapple chucks, and those would’ve found their way between the grill grates with my luck. If you have pineapple slices just toss them on the grill for a few minutes on each side then chop them into bite-sized pieces.
I admit, not every meal I cook is from scratch. I’d say maybe 99% of them are home-cooked. But for that other 1% I’m a sucker for something pre-cooked, and often it’s pre-cooked chicken fingers (I use Tyson’s Crispy Chicken Strips, actually). I can’t help it. I like them. To make myself feel better about eating them I make my own sauce for dipping. This chili sauce is easy to make, which fits in well with the I-don’t-have-time-to-cook-dinner theme, and it goes great with chicken fingers. A little sweetness and a little fruitiness. It’s the perfect sauce for chicken fingers or nuggets (that reminds me, check out my homemade chicken nuggets!). It’s also fantastic for shrimp, boiled or deep fried. You can use thawed frozen mango and canned pineapple instead of fresh, making this sauce easy to make any time of the year.
Chilled fresh pineapple topped with a mix of sweet (mango and honey) and heat (jalapeno and a little bite from the daikon radish and cilantro). This pineapple mango daikon salad is an excellent salad for a hot summer day.
Can’t find daikon? You can make this with jicama instead.
I was looking for a different take on chicken wings and boy, did I find it. These pineapple chicken wings are sweeter than the “usual” wings you get, with a slight Asian flavor thanks to the soy sauce.
The dipping sauce was fantastic. So good in fact that I ended up using the same sauce later for our grilled glazed kielbasa bites.
If you have a Char-Broil Big Easy oil-less fryer, try out my Wingin’ator 3000 modification. It lets you cook a large amount of wings all at once.