This technique uses one of my newest kitchen gadgets: a pineapple corer-slicer! While you can certainly remove the insides of the pineapple using a knife and spoon, this tool makes the job so incredibly easy! Serve the perfectly sliced pineapple after a delicious meal, and use the juice and bottom scraps in a smoothie!
- Serves: 1 person
- 1large pineapple
- 1tea light candle
Step 1Lay the pineapple down horizontally on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut off the top 1 1/2 inches, leaving the leafy crown intact. Set top aside.
Step 2Place the pineapple upright, with the flesh exposed on the top. Center the pineapple corer-slicer directly over the center core and push down slightly. Hold the pineapple with your left hand while twisting the handle of the corer-slicer clockwise with your right hand, with a slight downward pressure. Continue until you reach the bottom, making sure that you do not cut through the skin at the bottom of the pineapple.
Step 3Pull up on the handle of the corer-slicer while pulling down with your left hand to remove it from the pineapple. Remove the handle from the corer-slicer and remove the sliced pineapple to a serving plate. Pour any juice that has collected in the bottom of the pineapple into a glass or container for another use.
Step 4Using a paper towel to get a firm grip, reach into the pineapple and wrap the paper towel around the core that remains inside. Place a firm grip on the core, and twist slightly to detach the core from the bottom of the pineapple. Discard core.
Step 5Using a large spoon, scrape any remaining pineapple from the bottom of the pineapple to create a level surface for the candle.
Step 6Using a small flexible paring knife, carve out eyes, nose and a scary grin. Replace the top of the pineapple and refrigerate until ready to display. When ready to display, place a tea light candle inside and illuminate.