With its yummy sweet and sour flavor, pineapple is a treat on its own. But this tropical fruit also plays well with other foods. Here are some of pineapple's best pairings.
The tangy, sweet taste of pineapple goes well with most other fruits. Combine chunks of pineapple with pieces of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, strawberries and other fruits to create a tropical fruit salad. For a fun twist, make fruit kebabs and serve fresh or with chocolate sauce, whipped cream or plain yogurt. Fruit smoothies of blended pineapple, strawberries, bananas and other tropical fruits make a refreshing treat on a hot day.
Pineapple pairs well with many types of meat. Ever had a Hawaiian pizza? The ham and pineapple are a pretty dynamic duo. Also, grilled pineapple adds a nice sweetness to grilled ham steak seasoned with a zesty Dijon mustard. Try pineapple with smoked chicken sausage or in kebabs with chicken and bell peppers, too.
To add some zip to seafood, chicken or pork, whip up a delicious pineapple salsa or a pineapple glaze. Simmer a mixture of chopped pineapple, red bell pepper, tomato and jalapeno, and let it cool before serving it atop the meat.
Because pineapple contains an enzyme that breaks down the proteins in meat, don't leave it in contact with any type of meat for too long, or the meat will turn to mush.
Moist golden cake and pineapple come together in a classic pineapple upside-down cake. Sliced pineapple rings with maple syrup, brown sugar and butter gives this cake great depth of flavor. For a lighter dessert, whip up a refreshing pineapple-coconut sorbet inspired by the famous piña colada.
Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.