Do you ever go to the fruit and veg market and literally buy everything you can see just because it looks insane, then arrive home and think “hmmmm now what am I going to do with this…thing?” I do, all the time and I could kick myself for getting carried away in the moment of shopping.
Take this massive pineapple for instance, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of pineapple, maybe because it is so high in sugar that I generally avoid it like the plague, or it could be because my mouth feels like its been shreaded to pieces if I eat to much of it. Anyhow, I ended up with a mammoth pineapple and no idea what to do with it, so I had to dig deep…really deep into my creativity to work out a recipe for this huge thing on my kitchen counter.
I initially thought to make frozen lollies, which is why I started to cut it into lolly sizes and shoved a wooden stick into the poor things. Then I remembered that I really don’t like cold pineapple and normally prefer to eat it at room temperature, hmmmm tough one this – I’ll just griddle them!!
Dunked in dark chocolate these pineapple sticks turned out better than I could ever have imagined, and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you today….
- 1 large queen pineapple
- 8 wooden sticks
- 1/2 slab 70% dark chocolate - melted
- Top and tail the pineapple.
- Cut the sides off to make it into a big square.
- Cut it in half length ways down the middle then into "lolly " sizes.
- Insert a wooden lolly stick and pop in the fridge until ready to cook.
- Cook over a bbq, braai (for my South African family) or a griddle pan, until warmed through and charred lines are visible (not too long).
- Dip into melted dark chocolate and leave in the fridge to set OR serve the melted dark chocolate and pass it around for dunking.