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Grilled Desserts for Labor Day – Yes You Can

August 27, 2014

Grilled desserts for Labor Day? Why not?! You have the grill fired up, and it’s easy to add some wonderful taste treats on the grill. Wouldn’t it be easier to make dessert over that same grill than it is to bake something in the kitchen? Make it easy on yourself with great grilled desserts for Labor Day.

For example, slice 4 large peaches in half, discard the pit and place each half on a piece of aluminum foil. In the depression where the pit was spoon 2 tablespoons of blueberries, top with a couple teaspoons of brown sugar and a dash of fresh lemon juice. Fold to seal tightly and put over a medium hot grill for about a quarter of an hour, turning once. Serve either as is or over ice cream or pound cake.

Like caramel apples but not the mess? Make it easy with a foil “clean up” – spray four pieces of foil with cooking spray and slice 2 large apples into wedges, removing the core. Place 4 wedges on each foil piece and drizzle with a couple tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping. Wrap securely and place over grill, seam side up for about 10 minutes, serve as is or over homemade ice cream.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking for even easier? Perhaps you have a pear tree and want to share with guests at the Labor day get together? Take 3 large, ripe pears, peel and cut lengthwise in half. Core and lightly brush with oil to keep from sticking to the grill; place over coals and grill about 10 minutes, turning once to heat through. You can make a raspberry sauce, drizzle with caramel or hot chocolate or just serve as is.

You can also make dessert kabobs: cut peaches into thirds, alternate with slices of apple and/or cherry. Before putting on the skewer dip in a mixture of 4 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg, grill 3 minutes per side

These are easy ways to serve desserts that can be grown in the back yard and are easy to make. But of course there are always guests who don’t care for fruit – there are grilled desserts for them too! An easy one is spraying a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray and rolling out a package of refrigerated cookie dough (18 ounce package or homemade), top with chopped nuts and grill 10-12 minutes until set. Drizzle with caramel or chocolate topping. Easy to do and can even be done up ahead of time (make up refrigerator cookie dough the night before, wrap and let sit in refrigerator!) which allows more time with your guests

There are many grilled dessert recipes online also at sites like Rachel Ray, Taste of Home and Good Housekeeping.

Make your Labor Day celebration sizzle not just with the main course and appetizers but grilled desserts as well.

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