Prepare something unique during your next grilling session!
Walnut Apple Crescents
2 small Red Delicious apples, rinsed, dried
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/3 cup shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped
Orange peel strips and walnut halves to garnish
Remove the apple core, keeping apples whole. Cut each apple in half lengthwise. Each half will have a tubular-shape hollow along the center.
In a small saucepan, combine apple juice, grated orange peel, walnuts and dates. Bring to a boil, then simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed. Cool slightly, then fill apple hollows with walnut mixture.
Wrap each apple half in a double thickness of foil. Cook on a rack over high heat about 30 minutes or until apples are tender, turning occasionally. Garnish with orange peel strips and walnuts. Serves 4.
2 ( 8 oz. ) baking potatoes, peeled
1/4 cup cooking oil
Carefully cut potatoes in paper thin slices lengthwise, following curve of potato.
Immediately plunge potato slices into hot salted water. Stir to separate, then let stand 3 to 4 minutes or until pliable. Carefully coil each potato slice, then thread onto skewers, leaving at least 1/2-inch space between coils.
Brush potato coils with oil. Cook on a rack over hot coals 10 to 15 minutes or until potato coils are crisp, turning frequently. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serves 8 to 10.
Pineapple with Vodka
3 tablespoons vodka
4 ( 3/4-inch-thick ) pineapple slices
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
12 sour black cherries
Additional powdered sugar
Pineapple leaves to garnish
Pour vodka into a shallow dish. Add pineapple slices, turning over to coat. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes. Add pineapple slices, turning over to coat. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in whipping cream, cardamom and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.
Dip pineapple slices into butter mixture. Cook on a rack over high heat for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place on heated plates. Fill pineapple centers with cherries and dust-lightly with additional powdered sugar. Garnish with pineapple leaves. Serves 4.