• Prep Time
    5 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    5 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 5
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    Spiced Pineapple and Manchego Skewers (Piña Picante con Manchego)

    This is a very simple appetizer with an undeniable elegance, perfect for a last-minute get-together. The bite-sized skewers balance soft sweet pineapple and firm, nutty and salty Manchego – Spain’s most famous sheep’s milk cheese.

     

    Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leticia Moreinos Schwartz is a chef, teacher, food stylist, and cookbook author, specializing in Hispanic cuisine. To shed light on a topic very close to her heart, Chef Leticia is partnering with Merck on Cuida tu Diabetes, Cuida tu Corazón to educate others about the high prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes among the Hispanic population in the United States.


    Ingredients
    8
    ounces
    fresh peeled pineapple
    2
    tablespoons
    sugar
    2
    tablespoons
    salted butter
    1/8
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
    1/8
    teaspoon
    ground chipotle
    6
    ounces
    Manchego cheese, at room temperature
    *
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    20
    small bamboo skewers
    Directions
    Cut the pineapple into ½- inch cubes using a serrated knife. Cut the Manchego into cubes about the same size. You should have about 20 pineapple cubes and 20 Manchego cubes.
    Place the sugar in a small skillet and add 1 tablespoon of water. Cook over high heat until it turns into a light amber caramel color, about 2 to 3 minutes (since this a very small quantity it can be easily overcooked, so watch carefully).
    Add the butter and whisk well. Everything will splash and bubble, so be careful. When the butter is well blended with the caramelized sugar, turn the heat to low and add the cinnamon and chipotle. Cook the caramel until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
    Add the pineapple squares and swirl the pan around, allowing the pineapple to caramelize in the sauce and become lightly golden brown, but not mushy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
    Pour the pineapple and sauce onto a flat plate. While the fruit is still hot, place a piece of pineapple on the skewer then add a piece of Manchego (the pineapple should top the cheese). Serve warm.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 5
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