Friday, March 18, 2005

Grilled Strawberry-Banana Snowstorm

This is my favorite grilled dessert. The grilling of the strawberries really excites the sugars in the fruit and makes it so incredibly fully of intense flavor. It's also a lot of fun for a party because people can "build thier own" after you have completed the basic preparations.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 1 basket fresh strawberries
  • 1 small package frozen strawberries
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white wine (or water if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • Nuts, optional

Preparation:

Pour the wine and sugar into a sauce pan, stir to combine over low heat. Add the package of frozen strawberries and increase the heat, stirring occasionally. As the mixture of strawberries thaw and the liquid reduces, you will get a very nice strawberry glaze for pouring over the top of the dessert. My grill has a side burner, so I do it there.

While the glaze reduces, prepare first the bananas and second the strawberries for grilling.

Bananas: cut each banana into two pieces and split each piece (to get two "halfs of a banana split"). On the "split" cut, try not to cut completely through the banana, making it more of a "banana SLIT" instead of a "banana SPLIT." Stuff the banana with chocolate chips and wrap each banana in an aluminum foil square. Leave a small opening in the top of each packet and pour a splash of lemon juice in the pocket.

Strawberries: Clean and cut the tops off of each strawberry. If the berries are large, feel free to cut them in halves or even quarters. Skewer to make kabobs.

Place the banana packets and straweberry skewers on the grill over medium-high to high heat. After 3 minutes, turn the strawberry kabobs to cook the other side. The smell will be fabulous!

After bananas and strawberries are done, remove from the grill. Keep the bananas in the pockets until ready to serve.

Serve bananas and strawberries over vanilla ice cream with the strawberry glaze on top. Optionally add the whipping cream and nuts to taste.

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