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Monday, October 31, 2016

How to Make Pineapple Boats

I went to a Hawaiian restaurant in New York City where they served seafood salad in a pineapple boat.  Of course it was marvelous, but I thought I would make mine with fresh fruit.
The one distinctive feature of the restaurant's boats is neither end is cut off, leaving each half of the pineapple to form a bowl.
It was a little challenging but this is how I did it.


With a large knife cut the pineapple in half lengthwise, cutting through the leaves.



Using a small paring knife cut the fruit away from the skin without breaking through the skin.  Then cut around the center core.



For this step I used an apple corer with serrated edges and a pointed end to cut and scoop out the core.



There you have it, a neatly cut pineapple boat completely intact.  I filled them with fresh fruit and added a side of yogurt.

These are the tools I used to make the cuts!


If you would rather use a pineapple corer, this video shows how it's done. But this means you will have to cut off the leaves, and the visual presentation is compromised. Also you will have one end open, and your filling might likely fall out at least a little. You can try reattaching the leaves with toothpicks, I haven't tried that but it just might work.
                                              


The possibilities are endless for pineapple boats. If you're making a fruit salad consider adding a little sweetness by drizzling honey, toss with shredded coconut or raisins. Add some crunch with chopped walnuts or macadamias. Anything goes!

Here are a couple ideas that don't include fruit...except for the pineapple of course.


Shrimp Salad

1 lb. shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
2 cups pineapple chunks
1 cup romaine lettuce coarsely chopped, or substitute fresh spinach
1 large tomato coarsely chopped
l large cucumber, thinly sliced
Combine all ingredients and toss with your favorite dressing.


Pasta Salad with Ham

1 lb.pasta, cooked and drained (I like to use rotini because the dressing gets captured in the spirals)
2 cups julienned ham
2 cups pineapple chunks
1 cup cooked peas
Combine all ingredients and toss with your favorite dressing. 





  

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