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Rum-Marinated Fruit Kebabs

Rum-Marinated Fruit Kebabs

These mouth-watering grilled (or broiled) dessert treats were inspired by the author’s visit to Bermuda, where rum flows plentifully, and sweet, warming spices are the perfect complement to tropical fruit.

A lovely end to any meal, rich with tropical pleasures:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup jelly made from tropical fruits
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon dark rum

40 1-inch chunks of assorted tropical fruits, such as mango, papaya, pineapple, kiwifruit, and star fruit

1. Soak 10 6-inch skewers in cold water for about 30 minutes.

2. To make the marinade, blend orange juice, jelly, mustard, ginger, and curry powder in a blender until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in the lime juice and rum.

3. To assemble the kebabs, thread four pieces of fruit on each skewer. Arrange in a single row in a shallow, flat-bottomed refrigerator container. Pour the marinade over the fruit, cover, and refrigerate, turning the skewers occasionally, for at least 3 hours or overnight.

4. Just before serving, adjust the oven broiler rack to 4 or 5 inches from the heating element. Preheat the broiler. Arrange skewers in a single layer on a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Broil for 2 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned in some places. Or you could grill them outdoors!

Serves 5 to 6.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Desserts

Adapted from The Spirited Vegetarian, by Paulette Mitchell (Rodale Press, 2005).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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8:26AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

refreshing thank you

4:35PM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

Sounds absolutely lovely!

6:15PM PDT on May 29, 2008

Wow! This sounds amazing! Thanks for posting this! ...My mouth is watering. :)

2:29PM PDT on May 28, 2008

That sounds really good! I'm a pretty severe GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) sufferer, though, so I might have to make this and serve it to my friends rather than eating it myself.

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