For a delicious twist on fruit salad, you should try Grilled Fruit Kebabs (aka shisk-kabobs). Trust me, this isn't just any fruit on a stick! As with most of our recipes, feel free to experiment yourself, trying different fruits as they are in season.
We enjoy this recipe as an appetizer, or with other summer offerings, from burgers to grilled salmon.
2 c. fresh strawberries (and/or other firm fruit - try pineapple, cantaloupe, peeled apple chunks)
4 fresh apricots (cut into wedges)
2 T. unsalted butter
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. dark rum or whiskey
1/2 T. fresh mint (optional)
With wood or metal skewers, thread strawberries, alternating with apricots (again, you can use any kind of fruit you like instead).
In a food processor or blender, combine the butter and brown sugar. Pour in the alcohol and mint (if desired) and pulse a few times.
Use a pastry brush to "paint" the flavored butter on the fruit. Grill over medium-high heat for 1 minute on each side.
** Tip: I read in a book that when washing the strawberries, use white or red wine instead of water. This will help the berries stay firm, and will boost their flavor.