Christmas is quickly becoming a distant memory, although I try my best to hold on by listening to Christmas music. I have a lot of recipes and food to share from this past holiday season, and one project that really stands out in my mind is the Pineapple Christmas Tree we made. This year, my sister got a pineapple as a gift from one of my best friends and her husband. We decided to add a little Christmas flair to a fruit usually thought of as tropical.
Taking a very sharp knife, cut the pineapple 3-4 inches below the stem. Cut off two sides of the base so the fruit section is in a half circle shape that lies flat.
Using a smaller paring knife, cut out a star in the fruit. It may help to lightly carve out the shape of the star before you start cutting. Also, remove the extra unused chunks as you go.
Next, cut an apple in half. The apple will add as a stabilizing base for your Pineapple Christmas Tree. Take one half of the apple, and place the flat side down. Stick two toothpicks into the flesh of the apple – these toothpicks should be parallel and stuck up straight in the air. Flipping the pineapple stem over (so the star is on the top), stick the pineapple stem onto the toothpicks.
Finally, decorate your tree! We fluffed up the leaves a bit and dusted some powdered sugar over our tree for snow. We also added dried craisins for ornaments.
I got this idea from the book: “”Garnishing: A Feast for Your Eyes” by Francis Talyn Lynch. Lots of really neat ideas on how to dress up your food!