05/07/2013 07:54 am ET | Updated May 05, 2014

Pineapple Recipes That Feel Like A Trip To The Tropics

How Sweet It Is

We know it's hard to cook with pineapple. Once you've got a beautifully ripe and wonderfully golden one in front of you, all chopped and prepped, the only thing you really want to do with it is eat it. Right away. But if you can practice a little self restraint you'll see that you can make some pretty great dishes out of this tropical fruit.

We're not just talking about salsas (though there are so many delicious ways to make pineapple salsa) but cakes, cocktails and quesadillas too. Next time you've got your hands on a perfectly ripe pineapple, don't eat it. Try cooking with it instead.

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