I was never really a fan of cooked fruit until recently. I never liked eating pie, or having pineapple on pizza, or grilled fruit. But I have discovered that a little heat is not that bad. The heat caramelizes the sugars in the fruit and brings out its sweetness. You also don’t have to eat the fruit hot. I like to wait until the fruit has cooled to eat it.
I made this pineapple salsa to accompany some jerk chicken. It goes great together. The sweetness of the pineapple help cut the spicy flavor of the jerk chicken. This salsa does not need to accompany anything however. It can hold its own. Eat it with some chips for a fresh snack.
I really think I should expand my palate on cooked and grilled fruit. Who knows what kind of possibilities there are out there? I am really tempted in trying some kind of cooked fruit with ice cream. Cooking fruit and caramelizing the natural sugars sounds like it would go great with some ice cream.
- Pineapple can get charred just like meat and vegetables if you don’t watch it.
- Cooking fruit can bring out its natural sweetness.
- ½ pineapple, peeled and cored
- ½ red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- zest & juice of 1 lime
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- salt to taste
- Place all ingredients into bowl and mix together. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to let the flavors to blend together.
(Inspired by Closet Cooking recipe)