The broiler has always confounded me. I didn’t really get why it was any different from just flipping on the oven. But I’ve since learned that “upside-down grilling” is a smart way to get flavorful food fast, from seafood to veggies to… a cold dessert?
Ok, so I’m taking some dramatic license here, because my broiled mango, banana and lime dessert doesn’t entirely come from under here:
The banana is frozen and turned into “soft serve” with a quick whirl in the food processor, but the broiler works some high-heat magic on mango slices, browning them and giving them a hint of the flavor of well-cooked marshmallows over a camp fire.
Sprinkle the whole affair with some lime juice, and you’ve got one seriously tasty reason to finally solve the mystery that is the broiler.
And if you’ll need a few more reasons, I’ve rounded up a week’s worth of ways to get up close and flavorful with the broiler:
- Broiled mango, banana and lime dessert (recipe follows below)
- Crispy topped brussel sprouts cauliflower gratin from Cooking Light (here)
- Broiled scallops with sweet lime sauce from Mayo Clinic (here)
- Balsamic broiled asparagus from Taste of Home (here)
- Broiled blueberry dessert from Dine & Dish (here)
- Garlic lemon broiled mushrooms from Food.com (here)
- Broiled curried salmon from Cooking Light (here)
Broiled mango, banana and lime dessert
(4 servings, approx. 150 calories each)
3 bananas, sliced and frozen
1 mango, peeled and sliced into spears
1 lime, quartered
Line a baking sheet with foil, and spray it lightly with cooking spray. Arrange the cooking spears on the sheet, and put them under the broiler for 4-5 minutes. Flip the mango then broil for another 4-5 minutes. Remove and let the mango cool for a few minutes.
Add the frozen banana slices to a food processor and process until smooth, like soft-serve ice cream. (This may take a little while, as the frozen banana tends to clump up and bang around in a big lump before it finally smoothes out)
Divide the banana among four bowls, and stick 4-6 mango spears in each. Squeeze the juice from a lime quarter over each dessert, and serve.