When I was just out of college I moved into my first place on my own. I always had roommates or suite-mates prior to that point in my life. After about 2 months I moved out of that apartment because someone had stolen the tires off my car and kicked down my door to rob me in a 30 day time span.
In an effort at safety my parents had me move to a quiet remote spot. My parents helped me find the most magical beachhouse on Point Shirley in Winthrop, MA. I loved this little house more than anything. My parents even bought me my first grill since I had a porch and mini backyard with my beach view. I learned quickly that if you are having people over for a party in which you intend to grill. You should not turn on the grills gas ahead of time without igniting it or else it will all simply seep out and you will not be able to use the grill (I thought I was preheating it like one would an oven). Luckily people were only coming for snacks and dessert so I improvised my grilling techniques and held my grilled fruit kabobs over the open flame of my gas stove. The party was great and no one even noticed my poor cooking abilities and naivety. They did however love my kabobs!
Now that I am older and wiser (and giving recipes to others) I say, be like I was when I was 22. If you can’t complete a step because you don’t have that fancy tool or you live in a place that you can’t grill or what have you, Improvise. It will always work out. Food is nothing to be afraid of. If it looks terrible at least it may still taste good! If it doesn’t, there is always the company to enjoy! You just need to be creative. No one will die or go home hungry. They will just stop at McDonald’s.
Grilled Tropical Fruit Kabobs
1 container of Sweet and Sara (R) Toasted Coconut Marshmallows
1 box/bag of bamboo skewers (soaked 5-15minutes in warm water)
2cups Cubed Pineapple
2cups Shredded Sweetened Coconut
3 Starfruit sliced thin
2 mangoes cubed
1 container of melon balls (honey dew, seedless watermelon, or cantaloupe)
4tbsp melted Earth Balance (R) Butter Sticks (with a basting brush)
Vanilla Sugar (for sprinkling) ( I use Penzey’s)
1/2 bag of SemiSweet Vegan Chocolate Chips (melted in a bowl) (I use 365 brand)
- Prepare your grill or open flame to be of medium heat.
- Melt Chocolate in a bowl in the microwave or a fondue pot. Keep a spoon nearby for drizzling the kabobs.
- Place shredded coconut on a platter so that you can roll your kabob in it.
- Lightly baste all hard fruits that will be directly on the grill with melted Earth Balance.
- When stacking your fruit on the skewer, do not do it all at once. Place the thicker fruits like pineapple on first and place on the grill for 2-3 minutes (they need more time and won’t fall through the grate). Then the softer fruits and marshmallows and hold over the open flame like you are at a Camp Fire! this prevents them from falling through the grate or falling apart on the grill. Softer fruits will burn quicker and watery fruits may drip causing spitting flames so holding it over is a safer option.
- Once the fruits are dripping just a tad you know that the sugars are extracting and the kabob is ready.
- Drizzle the kabob with melted chocolate, sprinkle with vanilla sugar, and roll in coconut. Serve (or Eat) Immediately.
NOTE: These are always a hit and the kids love to be able to make their own! If you want to prepare some in advance for a kids party, grill some starfruit ahead of time then use all softer fruits and marshmallow along the base (for when they grill their portion) and top with the starfruit for a “magic wand” effect. You can also get graham crackers and make fruit smores as well!
The Hippie Gypsy