Let Pineapple Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day
Between chocolate, candy, cake, and more, Valentine’s Day is all about the sweets. While we certainly aren’t complaining about a little extra sugar, we also know that there are other, healthier ways to sweeten up your holiday.
That’s where pineapple comes in.
Nutritious and sweet, this tropical fruit really shines on Valentine’s Day. From cocktails to dessert and everything in between, pineapple is ready to sweeten up any and every course. So, whether you pick and choose or go for a full pineapple-themed menu, we’ve brought together a few of our favorite recipes that’ll prove to your date that he or she is a fine-apple in your eyes.
A Toast to the Tropics
Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz
- 1 large pineapple
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 5-6 large basil leaves
- 6 oz light rum
- Club soda, as needed
- Granulated sugar, as needed
- Peel and core pineapple. Cut into chunks. Place pineapple in a high-powered blender and puree for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth and pureed completely. It should yield roughly 4 cups of pineapple juice. Transfer into a large container or pitcher and allow to chill completely in fridge.
- Place lime juice and basil in clean blender container. Blend until basil has been fully incorporated and no pieces remain.
- Combine 3 1/2 cups pineapple juice, lime mixture, and rum in a pitcher. Stir thoroughly.
- Moisten edges of chilled glasses with lime juice and dip edges into granulated sugar. Distribute the drink evenly among glasses, leaving roughly 1/2 to 1 inch of space at the top. Finish with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil and slice of lime. Serve immediately.
Chestnut Hill Farms Tip: For an extra bit of pizazz, use heart-shaped cookie cutters to make fruity garnishes for your glasses!
Wrapped in Love
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites
- 12 bacon slices, cut in half
- 24 pineapple chunks
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with baking parchment or aluminum foil.
- Wrap each pineapple with piece of bacon, secure with toothpick, and place on lined baking sheet. Bake until bacon is crispy, about 20-25 minutes.
Sweet but Spicy
Broiled Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon with Pineapple
- 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
- 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 pound skinless salmon fillet, cut into 2 pieces
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1/4 of a whole Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 4 pieces lengthwise
- 1/8 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
- Lime wedges for serving (optional)
- Heat broiler, with rack in top position. Cook rice according to package instructions.
- In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper.
- Spray rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, arrange salmon and pineapple in a single layer, and brush with half the maple syrup glaze.
- Broil until salmon is cooked through, 8 to 11 minutes, brushing salmon and pineapple with glaze halfway through.
- Cut pineapple into chunks.
- Add cilantro to rice and fluff with a fork.
- Serve rice with salmon, pineapple, and lime wedges, if desired.
Grab a Slice of Love
Pineapple Pie with Coconut Cream
- 1 1/2 cups chopped Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple
- 2 tbsp plus 1 cup sugar, divided
- 1 package (5 1/4 oz) coconut cookies
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 12 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
- 1 can (13.66 oz) coconut milk
- 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan, combine pineapple and 2 tbsp sugar. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes. Cool completely.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookies in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Add butter; pulse just until blended. Press onto bottom and up sides of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in yogurt, almonds, and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed until just blended. Fold in pineapple mixture. Pour into crust. Bake until center is almost set, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate pie and can of coconut milk at least 4 hours or until cold.
- Place a mixer bowl and whisk attachment in freezer until cold, about 15 minutes. Turn chilled can of coconut milk upside down; open can. Pour off and discard liquid portion. Transfer solid portion remaining in can to chilled bowl. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Serve with pie.
All the Extras for Valentine’s Day
With such a delicious meal prepared, you’re sure to shine this Valentine’s Day. But to add that little something extra, we’ve got a few suggestions:
- Set the mood with a DIY golden pineapple centerpiece.
- Order a pineapple and strawberry bouquet from Edible Arrangements for the perfect sweet snack before or after your meal.
- Plant the crown of your pineapple in some soil and a cute pot for a sweet gift you and your sweetheart and watch grow – just like your love.
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