Friday, March 11, 2011

Smoky Pineapple Shakes

We had leftover pineapple from the Broiled Pork Chops and Pineapple with Maple Syrup.  Brian got the wonderful idea of making a shake with it and it turned out really well.  You don't have to make the dinner to make the shake.  You do, however, have to broil some fresh (or canned, but fresh is best) pineapple with the maple glaze.

Vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Mix maple syrup and cayenne.  Brush onto pineapple and broil until tender.  Blend ice cream, pineapple and milk.  Pour into a glass and enjoy the smoky, spicy, and sweet pineapple shake. 

Broiled Pork Chops and Pineapple with Maple Sauce

This is SO EASY and SO FAST and SO GOOD!!  The recipe originally calls for salmon, but Brian hates fish so.... I looked at the ingredients, thought they looked yummy, and substituted pork chops for the salmon.  And it was fabulous!!  I also added bacon to the mix, you can never go wrong with bacon. 

1 cup rice
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. cayenne
4 pork chops (or salmon fillets)
salt and pepper
1/2 of a pineapple, cut into 8 pieces
1/4 lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
4ish pieces of bacon

Cook rice the way you like it (sticky, dry, whatever).  Heat your oven on the broiler setting.  Mix the maple syrup with the cayenne. Salt and pepper the pork chops and put them on a cookie sheet along with the pineapple.  Brush the maple syrup on them and broil for however long it takes for your thick or thin pork chops to be cooked.  Remember to baste the meat and pineapple with the maple syrup through out the cooking time.  Oh yeah, I put the bacon on top of the pineapple for half the time, then just put it on the bottom of the pan so that it would get crispy.  In the meanwhile, mix the cilantro into the rice and fluff it all up.  And that's it.  Serve it all.  Delicious!!