For years, fresh pineapples were most commonly served alongside a breakfast dish, or as a cocktail garnish. However, the online community for chefs at Today’s World Kitchen is finally giving this juicy fruit the recognition it deserves by featuring it in all kinds of top Michelin recipes. Fresh pineapples not only provide health benefits, but these vibrant and tropical plants can complement your dish with the perfect combination of a sweet and tart flavor. Our Michelin star chefs are discovering new and unique ways to incorporate pineapple into their meals.

How to prepare a pineapple:

Preparing this fruit can be the trickiest part of successfully creating recipes with pineapple. Our online community for chefs recommends slicing the top and base of the fruit, and standing it upright. With a sharp knife, remove the peel in thin strips from top to bottom, then cut an additional single layer to remove the spines in the fruit’s flesh. Finally, cut the pineapple in half and remove the core from the center.

Pineapple cheese ball

2 8 oz. packages of softened cream cheese

8 oz. fresh pineapple, diced

2 cups chopped pecans

¼ cup green bell pepper

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

Mix all ingredients together, leaving one cup of pecans to the side. Portion into small circles, then refrigerate overnight. Roll each pineapple cheese ball in additional cup of chopped pecans for outer layer. Serve with crackers.

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Sliders

1 Lemon and 1 Lime – Juiced

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

3 Skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in half

6 fresh pineapple rings

6 slices of red onion

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

6 Hawaiian bread rolls – toasted

Mix together lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Add chicken to marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Over medium high heat, grill each chicken for approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Grill each pineapple ring for 2 minutes on both sides. On Hawaiian rolls, spoon 1 teaspoon of teriyaki sauce, add a piece of chicken, pineapple ring, and a red onion slice. Serve warm.

Honey Roasted Pineapple

This simple dessert is a favorite of our online community for chefs: Cut a golden pineapple into long, thin wedges. In a separate bowl, heat 1 cup of fresh orange juice, and a ¼ cup of honey in the microwave for approximately 15 seconds. Pour the mixture over the fresh pineapple and let sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. On parchment paper, arrange pineapple strips onto single layer and roast for about 10 minutes. After the pineapples are roasted, drizzle the remainder of the honey on top. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

Michelin star chefs at Today’s World Kitchen are reaping the juicy benefits of adding recipes with pineapple to their menu, and now you can too!