Every now and then I come across a beautiful food recipe on Instagram that I have to make. Well last week I came across a recipe that did even more than that. This recipe for Grilled Oranges made me dig my grill out of my garage, then stand outside during a wind advisory making this exquisite dessert. I live in northern Illinois where there’s still snow on the ground, and Annie, who posted this recipe on her blog Maybells is from the south.
This is a recipe where oranges are brushed with melted butter, mixed with vanilla extract, cinnamon and ginger then seared on a grill for just a couple minutes. The oranges then get a scoop of butter pecan ice cream with chopped pecans sprinkled on top for good measure.
I like grilling fruit for dessert, but oranges are one I haven’t tried until now. The vanilla and spices bring out an unbelievable flavor from the orange. Then the butter pecan ice cream that melts into the warm orange gives it kind of a Creamsicle taste. The pecans? They add a little saltiness and texture, and just make the dessert look pretty. Aside from the taste, one of the best things about this dessert is that in only takes ten minutes to prepare.
The first thing I did was fire up my grill. I already brought my grill out of the garage and onto my patio (just for this recipe), so I was ready to go. I went inside and melted the butter in a small saucepan, then stirred in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and ginger.
I sliced four oranges in half then brushed the cut side with the butter mixture. I went outside and cleaned the grates really well. I squirted some olive oil on a paper towel and wiped it across the grates, lightly oiling them. I adjusted the flame to a medium-high heat then placed the oranges on the grill with the rind side facing down. I closed the hood of the grill and let them cook for a minute.
Next I turned the oranges over on the cut side and let them cook for about a minute and a half. This was when I could really smell the citrus mixed with the spices. If my neighbors could smell this they’re probably scratching their heads, wondering what the heck I was grilling.
Finally I transferred the oranges to serving plates and gave each of them a scoop of butter pecan ice cream, which immediately started to melt into the orange. As a finishing touch I dropped some chopped pecans over each scoop of ice cream.
The Flavor Bible is a book I have in my kitchen that I reference all the time. Here is how the book works; there’s a listing of just about any ingredient that you could possibly cook with along with what other foods and spices would taste good with that particular food. Now say for instance you’ve got this ingredient that you’ve never tasted before. This book will tell you the flavor, if it’s sweet, salty or bitter. If it’s a fruit or vegetable you can find out the seasonal peaks. Then it will list all the other ingredients and spices that taste really good with this ingredient, and ingredients to avoid. There are even techniques on how to cook the ingredient.
This book has really allowed me to get creative in the kitchen and play with different flavors and spices. If I’ve got a bunch of apples, but I want to do more than just eat them, I can look up apples and see they pair very well with cinnamon, cream and ice cream, allspice, nutmeg, raisins, butter, and both white and brown sugar. That sounds really good. I can also see that apples can be baked, caramelized, deep fried, or grilled. Now I’ve really got some ideas for the apples.
But maybe I wanted to make something savory with the apples, maybe for a nice dinner. I can see that apples go together with beef, chicken, duck, pork, onions, along with spices like basil, cumin and parsley. There are way more options than I listed here. Under apples I counted a little over one-hundred ingredients.
I think this book is a must have in your kitchen and I highly recommend it.
Adapted from Maeybells