If you’re not growing pineapples in your Florida backyard, you should get on it.
When it comes to fruit, they’re the least effort for the greatest reward. All you need is a pineapple top. Some people will tell you to let them dry out or start them in a pot, but I don’t do any of that. When I slice into a pineapple, I cut off the top along with a 1/2-inch slice of the top of the fruit. Then I walk outside, bury that 1/2-inch section in the ground next to all the others, then walk back inside and forget about it. I don’t even water the dang thing. I’m rewarded for my heroic effort two years later with a golden trophy. I have to admire them for a while in my kitchen. I let them get completely golden before I slice them open. So what to make that’s worthy of these beauties?
A spicy margarita that’s just as easy as growing them.Margaritas always hit the spot. That sweet-sour-salty combo is irresistible. Add a little heat and you tickle every taste bud. This one’s got no need for mixes or sweeteners thanks to all the tropical fruit (yeah, I slipped a little mango in there, too). After some experiments, I decided pickled jalapeños are the ticket. I’ve always got them around because they’re awesome with smak, among other things. They give it a hint of briny flavor and they blend well so you get a little heat throughout. I used the fresh ones as little stirrers, especially for those who like it extra hot. This makes two mason jar’s worth of margaritas. Don’t forget the salt.
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- 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
- 1 key lime, sliced into 4 wedges
- 2 cups ice
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 cup mango chunks
- 1 tablespoon sliced pickled jalapeños with juice
- 1/4 cup key lime juice
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar (optional)
- 1 fresh jalapeño, sliced lengthwise
- Spread the salt in a pile evenly on a plate.
- Run key lime wedges around the rim of the jars or glasses (save 2 for garnish). Press the rim of the glass into the salt.
- Add the ice, pineapple, mango, pickled jalapeños, key lime juice, Grand Marnier, and tequila to the jar of a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust as you like. Add agave if you'd like it sweeter.
- Garnish with a jalapeño slice and a key lime wedge.