Al Pastor Pops

2012-07-01T09:00:00Z Al Pastor PopsRecipe by Tony Busekrus | Photography by Jennifer Silverberg Feast Magazine | Inspired Local Food Culture/Midwest

Ground chiles and fruit are often combined in paletas. I love the roasted pineapple, cilantro and spices of tacos al pastor and wanted to capture those flavors in a popsicle. Don’t worry ‒ for this we left out the pork.

Yield | Ten 3-oz pops |

  • 1 large pineapple
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp Valentina fruit seasoning*
  • 1 pinch chile powder
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 pinch lime zest
  • 2 tsp crushed dried arbol chiles**
  • 3 tsp chopped cilantro

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 375°F. Peel pineapple, cut in quarters lengthwise, remove core and slice into ½-inch chunks. Toss with brown sugar, fruit seasoning and chile powder. Roast in a glass or metal baking dish on upper rack of oven for 20 to 25 minutes. (The edges of the pineapple may brown.) Remove from oven and spoon ¼ of fruit without the juice onto a cutting board to cool. Add water, sugar, lime juice and lime zest to remaining fruit in dish, stir and return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven, purée mixture and refrigerate until completely cool. Chop the fruit on the cutting board into small pieces and toss in a small bowl with chiles and cilantro. Refrigerate until completely cool.

Fill each mold ¾ full with pineapple purée. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 to 45 minutes. Spoon in chopped pineapple, chile and cilantro mixture, leaving about ¼-inch at the top of each mold for expansion during freezing, and stir into pop. Cover with the handles and freeze until solid, about 4 to 5 hours.

* Valentina fruit seasoning can be purchased at Jay International Food Co. on South Grand Boulevard.

* * Any dried, spicy, red Mexican-style chiles can be substituted.

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