Maple syrup makes pineapple even more irresistible, especially when it’s caramelized into its surface. Maple glazed pineapple, a nearly-instant skillet dessert or side dish, brightens any cool-weather meal.
For this easy preparation, you can use either fresh or canned pineapple. Fresh pineapples might look intimidating, but they’re not difficult to cut up with a decent knife and a little know-how.
Here’s a great step-by-step guide showing how to cut a pineapple.
What you need: This recipe has only 4 essential ingredients: Fresh or canned pineapple chunks, maple syrup, vegan butter, and cinnamon.
Optional: If you’d like, you can dress the pineapple up with dried fruit — the recipe suggests dried cranberries, raisins, cherries, or blueberries.
How to serve:
- As a dessert on its own or with vegan cookies
- With vegan vanilla ice cream (it goes particularly well with coconut-based ice cream)
- As a side dish, especially with spicy meals
- As part of a beautiful Buddha bowl
- To use in place of plain pineapple in salads like Thai Pineapple Salad
Recipe adapted from 5-Ingredient Vegan by Nava Atlas.
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- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
- 4 cups fresh pineapple chunks or two 15-ounce cans, drained (save the juice for another use)
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, raisins, cherries, or blueberries, optional
- Heat the vegan butter in a medium skillet until melted, then stir in the maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Add the pineapple to the skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the pineapple is nicely glazed and beginning to get touched with golden spots, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- If using dried fruit, stir it in with the pineapple and remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture to a serving container, let cool for several minutes, then serve warm or use in other preparations.
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