Saturday, June 15, 2013

Perfect Father's Day Recipe: Fresh fruit skewers

  1. Adapted from a recipe from USA Weekend. Fruit cooked on the grill and served with a special sauce of yogurt with honey make a perfect dessert for any meal of barbecue.
  2. Ingredients:

    1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
    1 1/3 cups of green grapes
    2 plums, sliced8 wooden skewers
    6 oz nonfat plain yogurt
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 tablespoon lemon juice, preferably fresh
  3. Method:

    1. Put the fruit onto skewers, alternating fruit progressively. In a small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Set aside.

    2 Place skewers on a preheated, oiled grill and cook until the fruit begins to soften and grill marks form, turning once, about 3-5 minutes on each side.

    3 Remove from heat and serve hot with yogurt sauce.
  4. Ideas for Using Fresh Fruit in Drinks

  5. Here are some ideas for using fresh fruit in drinks:
  6. Fruit smoothies 

    Few people realize how easy fruit smoothies are to concoct. All you need to do is add in a blender and let the party begin. Try mixing a half cup of milk, a half cup of plain yogurt, one cup of your fruit of choice (blueberries, strawberries, bananas) and one tablespoon of honey. Blend these ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with whatever fruit you used in the drink. This is a refreshing end to a meal or in place of dessert.
  7. Sangria 

    This traditional Spanish beverage certainly takes advantage of fresh fruit to make a delicious, refreshing mixture. There are many varieties of sangria in white or red. However, this recipe really kicks up the fruit to make a yummy drink that might get you in trouble because it's so enjoyable. Take one bottle of a light red table wine (nothing chunky or heavy like a merlot or a cabernet sauvignon) and a crisp white wine (like a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc). Pour together in a large container. Add one cup of sugar, one cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, one fourth cup of freshly squeeze lemon and lime juices, one fourth cup of Grand Marnier liquor, one sliced fresh orange, one fresh sliced lemon, one fresh sliced lime, and a cup of green seedless grapes. Mix well together and let it sit for 4-5 hours. Serve over ice, spooning the liquid out and adding some of the fruit to each glass.
  8. Watermelon Martini 

    Serve up a sweet, refreshing, and unique drink to your guests that will have them begging for more. It'll take some time to prep this drink, but it's worth the effort. You'll need one cup of watermelon juice that's acquired by pressing the watermelon through cheesecloth to strain the juice from the fruit. Add the watermelon juice into a shaker with half a cup of your favorite non-flavored vodka (although there is watermelon vodka now available that will work fine), one fourth a cup of simple syrup (sugar and water mixed together), and two tablespoons lime juice. Add ice to the shaker and mix well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon. This is the perfect cocktail for a summer party and sure to be a hit with your guests.

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