Roasted Pineapple

Slightly adapted from Food Republic

Ingredients:

Whole Roasted PineapplePineapple:

  • 1 ripe pineapple, about 4 lbs.
  • 16 cloves
  • 1/4 c blood orange infused EVOO (or grapeseed, etc.)

 Syrup:

  • 2 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c  sugar
  • 16 peppercorns, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon quatre épices, (or a mixture of pepper, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger)
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper

Directions: 

Syrup:

  • Pour 4 c water into sauce pan and add ingredients.
  • Slowly bring to a boil over gentle heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Simmer over medium heat to reduce by three-quarters, to make thick syrup.
  • Set aside.

Pineapple:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut a 1 1/4-inch slice from the top, removing the leafy fronds, and a 3/4-inch slice from the base of the pineapple to enable it to stand upright.
  • Working from top to bottom and following the curve of the fruit, remove the peel.
  • To remove the little black “eyes,” and create an attractive finish at the same time, cut a spiral groove, 1/4 inch deep, around the entire fruit.
  • Stud the flesh evenly all over with the cloves.
  • Heat the oil in an oval pan (or one that will take the whole fruit) until very hot. (I used a grill pan)
  • Add the pineapple and lightly color all over.
  • Transfer the pineapple to a medium-small roasting dish, standing it upright.
  • Baste the pineapple with the reduced syrup and roast in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, depending on the ripeness of the fruit, basting it every 5 minutes or so with the syrup, and keeping it upright.
  • Sliced Roasted PineappleLet the roasted pineapple stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, basting from time to time with the syrup.
  • To serve, lie the pineapple on its side and cut into slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Arrange in a serving dish, and serve warm.

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