Thursday, July 17, 2008

(Grilled) Pineapple w/ Basil and Balsamic Reduction; Pineapple Sorbetto Cooler


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This hors d'ouevre almost did not come to fruition.

JS and I have been thinking about submitting something to the Blog Party at Dispensing Happiness, but after much consideration ("We're not really hors d'ouevres people, are we?") and realistically assessing our schedules ("Do you want to do it this weekend or on a weeknight when we get home [around 10pm]?"), we decided that we wouldn't be able to come up with anything.

Then, one Sunday when we completed our Tomato dish for Wandering Chopstick's Weekend Wokking, my mother asked me to cut up a pineapple.

I saw the cut up pieces of pineapple, some leftover balsamic reduction and some basil.

Eureka!
Thus, this appetizer was born.



I put "grilled" in parenthesis because we didn't grill the pineapple this time, but in my conceptualization, they should be.

We also had to come up with an accompanying drink. What goes with pineapple?

Well, pineapple goes with pineapple, of course!

Since we have easy access to artisan gelato and sorbetto, I decided go on ahead and make a simple Pineapple Sorbetto Cooler.



Some sparkling water, some pineapple sorbetto, and voilà.



So there you go: blog party time!




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I must say, my fingers smelled quite nice after making this: sweet pineapple, heady basil, tangy balsamic reduction... they should bottle this and sell it as shampoo.


Blog Party #36We are submitting this to Blog Party #36 at Dispensing Happiness. The theme is Blogger's Choice. More info here.

24 comments:

  1. This looks like a winner to me, it looks so refreshing & pretty!

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  2. I love pineapples. You know they make you smell nicer. So what'dya make for WW? I gotta post my recipe soon too.

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  3. So exotic! Am I in Hawaii now?

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  4. Yum! I adore pineapple! This looks great... I love the balsamic reduction idea as well.

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  5. Gorgeous... and so damned tempting-looking, too!

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  6. I love grilled pineapples! I'm gonna give your recipe a try, and grill the pineapples of course.

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  7. I am not a pineapple eater, but this looks cool. The colour esp!

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  8. I was just wondering what to make with a pineapple I need to use, this looks perfect for a summer dessert. I love the color also.

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  9. This look so nice and tasty! Love pineapple! Gloria

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  10. That looks good! I like the sound of the pineapple and balsamic flavour combination.

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  11. Can I come to your blog party? The grilled pineapple looks great but I'm really intrigued by the pineapple sorbetto cooler. I want some now!

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  12. Question for you? Your lighting is always lovely in the photos on your blog - white and clean. Have you blogged anything about your 'secret photography techniques' yet? Do you always use natural light, or 'studio' lighting? Whatever you're doing, you're doing it right!! Love to learn more about how you do it...

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  13. This is beautiful. I love the combination you've got there. Very refreshing. :-)

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  14. i, for one, am super glad you found the time to do this. :) it sounds like the perfect little nosh (grilled or not), and the beverage should help combat this nasty heat quite well. :)

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  15. What an interesting dish and beverage! I would loovvve to try some :)

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  16. w' ing chopsticks:
    Haha, we're about to post our dish for WW soon! In a coupld of days or so. It's something with tomatoes. ;)

    kyle@yum-oh:
    Thanks! Actually, photography is not our strongest skills. After many frustrating pictures, I've discovered that natural light is my friend. So if I really want something to turn out all right, then I have to walk over outside and take a shot. I don't know what other people do with their lighting for indoor shots, because other people seem to be able to take pictures indoors with great results!

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  17. We'd like to invite you to participate in our July berry recipe contest. All competitors will be placed on our blogroll, and the winner will receive a fun prize! Please email me, sophiekiblogger@gmail.com, if you're interested. Feel free to check out our blog for more details. (Click on my name in the message header link to visit our blog. :)

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  18. I love pineapple and both the app and the drink sound incredible. Fun to have you at the blog party--hope to "see" you at the next one!

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  19. Wow, I am so glad we both made it to this blog party, your contributions are wonderful....and thankfully I had to scroll through a few of your other posts to get to this one....I am WAY happy for that, love what you do in the kitchen!!!!

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  20. These look great- glad you made it to blog party! I must try these!!!

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  21. Wow! These look great and I will definitely be trying them myself.

    Great debut!

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  22. That looks so fresh an tasty, great first entry!

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