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Sautéed Pineapple With Saffron

Provided by: Chef Monica Bellissimo
Served at: Jovia

  • Type of Dish: Desserts: All, Desserts: Other
  • Cuisine: American, Indian
  • Special Requests: Healthy, Quick and Easy
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A couple of things you may not know about the pineapple: (1) It does not grow on a tree like a coconut, but rather springs forth from the stem of a scrawny little plant looking a bit like the star atop Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree; (2) a third of the world’s pineapples come from Hawaii, even though the fruit did not originate there; and (3) although pineapples are available year-round, aficionados say that the Hawaiian variety is at its best from spring through early summer—which makes the wait for local warm-weather fruit a little bit sweeter. --Robin Raisfeld & Rob Patronite


1/2 large pineapple, cored and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 vanilla bean, including scraped pulp and pod Pinch good-quality saffron
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


(1) Dice pineapple into 1/4-inch pieces. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add diced pineapple, vanilla bean, and saffron. Cook until pineapple is slightly softened, about 5 minutes. (2) Add brown sugar and salt. (3) Continue cooking pineapple until saffron infuses the mixture, about 5 more minutes. Do not overcook—you want the pineapple to hold its shape. Add lemon juice. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes as the saffron continues to color the pineapple and release more of its flavor. Serve warm with vanilla or coconut gelato, or toasted lemon pound cake. (Published 2006)

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