June 16, 2015

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

Summertime means grilling, and fruit kabobs might be just the dish for culinary students.

Summertime means grilling, and fruit kabobs might be just the dish for culinary students.

Most kabobs are made up of a type of meat and a variety of vegetables, but there is no reason to limit your kabobs to just meat and veggies. Fruit can also be cooked on a kabob to create new grilled and sweet combinations. While fruit might not be the first thing you think of when you’re firing up the grill, don’t forget that it is a great option that’s often overlooked.

Why fruit?
To become a truly well-rounded and professional chef, Austin culinary arts students should make a point to try and cook a wide variety of dishes. When most people think of grilling, they usually think of burgers, hot dogs and other fatty or unhealthy foods. Fruit kabobs can be a great way to supplement a relatively unhealthy meal with something with plenty of nutrients. Also, if you’re cooking for a group of friends, fruit kabobs can be a useful dish for accommodating the dining experience of any vegetarians in the group.

What kind of dishes?
You might think you’ll be pretty limited with fruit kabobs, but there are many different recipes for and variations of fruit grilling. A pretty simple fruit kabob can become something you never expected with a glaze drizzled over the top or a sauce to dip the pieces of fruit in. The glazes can range from anything like a simple spicy maple cumin glaze to a bourbon minted glaze that is a little more difficult to make.

Fruit kabobs should really only be one dish in the meal, but the kabobs can be an appetizer, a side, a dessert or even the main course. An example of an appetizer kabob is grilled apples, pears and pineapple with a creamy honey sauce. The same recipe works well as a side to grilled steak or chicken. For a main course consider grilling some peaches, plums, bananas, pineapple and apples with your choice of glaze. Be sure to include a few sides along with the grilled fruit. Grilled peaches make a wonderful dessert kabob. Simply grill the peaches and put the pieces on a plate or in a bowl, then top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some raspberry puree. Feel free to experiment with grilled fruit. You’ll find that it is extremely versatile and easy to use as a supplement when grilling.