Monday, February 21, 2011

Pineapple Flowers, one of my favorite party treats

I love fresh fruit. It is one of my favorite things to serve at luncheons and showers but I don't always like the way fruit looks just heaped onto platters because, like Iron Chef America says, at least five points come from plating your food. :) This is one of my favorite ways to serve fresh fruit.

You will need:
A whole pineapple
grapes, kiwi and other fruit
bamboo skewers
a flower cookie cutter
melon baller
a knife

Slice the pineapple into rounds. There is no need to peel it. Using the cookie cutter, make flowers out of the rounds of pineapple. Use your melon baller to make little balls attach the melon ball to the center of the pineapple flower using a toothpick. Finish off the end of the toothpick with a blueberry. Slide a bamboo skewer onto the flower, then add whatever fruit you like to the skewer to finish off the stem.

 If you are trying to save a little money, you could just make the flowers and not add any other fruit to the stems.These little flowers work great laid out on a plate, or standing up in a vase. What type of fruit would you make your flowers with?
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