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July 29, 2012

Carefree Hawaiian Luau

MERIDIAN — Menu: Grilled Ham Steaks

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Various Tropical Fruits

Hawaiian Rolls (deli section

of grocery)

    Grilled Pineapple with Rum Butter Sauce

Preheat grill to high heat.  Spray ham steaks on each side with butter flavored cooking spray to prevent sticking.  Reduce gas grill heat to medium.  Heat ham steaks on both sides for just a couple of minutes to heat up and create grill marks.   Set aside on platter.

Bake sweet potatoes ahead of time in oven for 30 minutes.  Finish on grill in foil for 15 more minutes.   

Sauce:

1/ 2 cup butter

1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar

1/ 2 cup rum

pinch of ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground nutmeg

1-inch thick slices ripe fresh pineapple, cored

Vanilla ice cream optional

In a small saucepan cook the butter, brown sugar, rum and spices over medium heat stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the butter melted.  Bring to a low simmer and let cook for approximately 10 minutes.  Keep warm.  

 

Brush grill to make sure it is clean.  Spray pineapple with butter flavored cooking spray.  Grill the slices until warmed through and caramelized, about 10 minutes on each side.  Serve immediately with the warm sauce and ice cream for a refreshing dessert.  *Another idea is to toast coconut and chopped macadamia nuts for a topping.

    Comments/suggestions email lawhittle@bellsouth.net. View Local Flavor Monday mornings on WMDN/WGBC

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