STUFFED PINEAPPLE

I have another recipe you will want to make for your 4th of July picnic next week! As I mentioned yesterday, my mama came up for a visit. David made her smoked baby backs and I made a side order of smoky pineapple baked beans and for dessert, I made this deliciously stuffed pineapple.

Mama loves pineapple and tropical fruit because it reminds her of Hawaii. My parents were blessed enough to have gone on two trips to Hawaii. The first time they went was in the 80’s. They left my older brother and sister to stay at my grandparents just down the road while they were away. That was the time my long-lost cat “Kitty Boo-Boo” showed up at my grandparents’ house and had 10 black cats!! Yes, 10!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sweetened coconut shredded
  • ½ cup gingersnap cookies crushed
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts or pecans chopped
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons KAHLÚA
  • 1 pineapple leaves intact, halved lengthwise

Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
    • Stir together coconut, gingersnap cookies, and nuts. Set aside.
    • Whisk together sweetened condensed milk and dark rum. Set aside.
    • Using a large sharp knife, slice the pineapple in half with leaves intact. To do this, place the pineapple on a cutting board with the bottom facing you. Start the knife in the center of the pineapple and cut toward the bottom. Remove the knife, spin the cutting board around, so that the leaves are facing you. Start at the center and work your way towards the top of the leaves, until the pineapple is split in half.
    • Cut the core from each pineapple half and discard. Using a smaller sharp knife, cut the remaining pineapple out of the shell, into 1-inch cubes. Using a spoon, spoon out the cubes the best you can.
    • Arrange pineapple halves skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet.Fill each half with pineapple cubes. Drizzle each pineapple with half of the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Top the pineapples and milk mixture with the coconut mixture. Drizzle with the remaining milk mixture.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

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