I loved my grandmother a lot. She was very funny, she thought I was great even when I was a snarky teen and she gave me my "first" gin & tonic before I was even 18. The one thing she couldn't really do was cook. I mean she was ok -- nothing she ever plated up was burned, spoiled or inedible, but she didn't really care for cooking, it wasn't fun for her and so her food was just that, food, for dinner.
Except this one time, we were at my grandparents for dinner and we'd just had Salisbury Steak, or some such thing, with an iceberg lettuce salad (which my grandfather loved), and it was time for dessert. My sisters and I, expecting the usual orange sherbert, were stunned when she brought out something different. Something, well, weird, in our book. We weren't sure. My mom had to execute a few well placed underthetable kicks before we'd try it, but to be polite, (and the four of us were nothing if not polite away from home) we did. And it was great. And it is one of my favorite simple desserts and today, even my picky kids love it.
Pineapple chunks with brown sugar and sour cream.
Yep. That's it. That's all there is to it. And it's weird. I know it is -- but it is incredibly yummy and you should try it for dessert tonight. Seriously. Get yourself some pineapple, chunk it into a bowl, sprinkle a couple pinches of brown sugar over it, drop a spoonful of sour cream on top. If you're feeling bold you can sprinkle a little more brown sugar over the whole thing. Eat it up, yum.
The other day I was reading a recipe for grilled watermelon salad by another Philly cooking blog -- Figtree Appetizers -- and suddenly I thought: Grill the Pineapple! So I did, and this is what it looked like all warm from the grill with the sour cream and brown sugar all melting together:
It was really really good. Better, actually, because the pineapple got all carmelized on the grill and the brown sugar got all melty and I just loved it. Soak some wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes, thread your pineapple onto them and grill over a medium heat for about 5 minutes per side. Then slide them off, and add the brown sugar and the sour cream.
I put the pineapple into my other grandmother's tea cups and I think it all just looks so pretty -- and it makes me miss them both. In fact, since it is "five o'clock somewhere" (as they both used to say when a cocktail was needed somewhat early) and My Husband just got home, I think I'll have a small gin&tonic right now, in their honor.