Hello foodie friends, this week didn’t start out as planned. Our little guy spent a bit of Sunday with a nasty cough and a touch of fever.
The symptoms never got too bad and he was in good spirits, but to be on the safe side, we decided to keep home Monday for a little extra rest and to avoid spreading it around to his school mates.
What to do…
Since we were home and in need of some down-time, we watched a couple of movies (Marvel movies are now a favourite of his), we read, played with Lego and got lots of rest. It was just what the doctor ordered 🙂
Although he was a bit under the weather, we still got to enjoy some quality dad-and-son time together! Loved it!
In the kitchen… why not?
As I was warming up some lunch for us I got a whiff of pineapple. I stepped over to my fruit bowl and noticed that the pineapple looked like it had reached that perfect point of ripeness. It was just sitting there smelling good and calling my name :-). I couldn’t resist… I proceeded to peel and core it. Oh ya… it was so juicy and sweet.
Brazilian Steak House (Rodízio)
I was about to have a few pieces and as I was thinking to myself “it doesn’t get any better than this”… I realized I was wrong… it can get even better than this. Oh ya…can you say, Brazilian Steak House grilled pineapple with cinnamon?! If you’ve never been to a Brazilian Steak House… I highly recommend you find one close to you and reserve your table today!
Although they have an amazing salad bar (and you could easily fill up on the delicious food there), it’s not an ideal place for vegetarians or vegans. However, if you like meat… oh my gosh! Seriously–go!
How it works…
Basically it works like this…for a fixed price the servers walk around from table to table serving different types of rotisserie-cooked meat. Next to your plate is a card or disc that’s green on one side and red on the other. The meat keeps flowing until you turn over your card to the red side; this tells the servers you’re full…or at least pausing for a moment.
You just keep going like this until your brain and your stomach have a little chat with each-other and you realize it’s time to turn that card to the red side…for good…at least until your next visit (’cause you’ll be back 🙂
In addition to the endless flow of meat, they also serve amazing grilled pineapple–also done in the rotisserie. It’s sweet, it has a hint of cinnamon, it’s a little charred, and it tastes freakin fantastic! This was my inspiration for today’s post.
I’m not exactly sure how these steak houses prepare their pineapple, so I decided to come up with my own version. I added ingredients that I thought would be similar to their version and then added a little butter and maple syrup for some Canadian flair. Also, since I don’t have a rotisserie oven I fired up the grill for this one.
You’ve got to try it
I’m not kidding when I suggest that you visit a Brazilian Steak House. Those of you that know me, know that I love to cook, but sometimes I like to kick back and let someone else pamper me with delicious food. If you haven’t already made plans for the weekend, call up some friends or make it a date night…. visit a “Rodízio”. If that’s not an option… at least you know you can create this delicious treat at home now. However you do it, as always, our wish is for you to eat well, friends!
- 1 ripe pineapple
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- A little vegetable oil to oil the grill
Start up your grill and bring it up to about 400 to 425 °F.
Cut off the top of the pineapple.
Cut off the bottom of the pineapple.
Stand the pineapple on it's cut base, and start slicing strips of the peel with a sharp knife from the top to the bottom.
Keep rotating the pineapple and cutting strips until you've removed all of the peel.
With the pineapple still standing on the cut base, cut down the centre, length wise.
Turn the pineapple 90 degrees and cut down the pineapple again creating a cross. You should now have 4 equal quarters cut.
Cut the inside edge of each quarter to remove the pineapple core.
Cut each quarter length-wise into 2 or 3 long pieces, depending on the size of your pineapple. These shouldn't be too thin, so they don't break on the grill.
In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Oil the grill (to prevent the food from sticking to the grill)
Place the pineapple slices on the grill.
Brush the butter and maple syrup mix glaze over the slices and turn them over with tongs.
Brush the other side of the slices and close the lid.
Grill the pineapple slices for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Open the BBQ lid and turn the slices over. Brush them with the glaze again.
Close the BBQ lid and continue to grill the pineapple slices for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Open the BBQ lid and turn the slices over. Brush them with the glaze one last time.
Close the BBQ lid and continue to grill the pineapple slices for 3 more minutes.
Open the BBQ lid and remove the pineapple slices onto a serving dish. Enjoy them hot with some ice cream or on their own.