Round Up: Taste of the Tropics!

We finally hit the official day of summer this week - woohoo! With that, it's definitely nice to soak in all the sun, warmth and fun of the season. It reminds of how nice it must be to live in a tropical part of the world to experience this all year round. And with that, I'm hosting a dinner party tomorrow highlighting the Caribbean flavors.But in the meantime, here are some tropical tastes to share so you can have some island eats too! The following are recipes that capture the tropical flavors and ingredients of the Caribbean and beyond....

Jerk Chicken with Mango Cilantro Relish

The sweetness of the mango and red onions work nicely with the subtle heat of the jerk marinade as well. This relish is a must to serve with the chicken!

Tropical Shrimp Cups with Pineapple Salsa

Citrus seasoned shrimp nested in flaky phyllo cups topped with a refreshing pineapple salsa for a perfect summer appetizer...

Island Shrimp Rice

A melange of sautéed zucchini, bell pepper and red onion are tossed with succulent shrimp seasoned with Jamaican jerk seasoning, rice and sweet mango to create this dish...

Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Toasted Coconut Rice

Coated with salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon, this rub really packed a punch!

Shrimp & Mango Salad

This colorful and flavorful dish brings a bit of tropical sunshine to the table...

Jamaican Jerk Crown Roast of Pork

A melange of spices including thyme, allspice, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and salt came together perfectly for this special roast.

Tropical Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

The salsa is great as an accompaniment to the meat or even on it's own for a nice alternative to traditional tomato based salsa. 

Pineapple Strawberry & Rambutan Smoothie

Rambutan is a fruit native to Southeast Asia and is one that will surely catch your eye

Hawaiian Flatbread

A thin crisp crust is slathered with a zesty pizza sauce before a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese, Canadian bacon and a sweet pineapple salsa as a nod to the ever popular 'Hawaiian pizza'...

Ginger & Mango Kabobs

Ginger and mango make a wonderful marinade for both chicken and beef!

Tropical Carrot Cake

Tender and sweet spice cake with bits of fresh grated carrots, juicy pineapple and plump golden raisins are in every bite to satisfy any sweet tooth

Passion Fruit Slice Bars

Similar to the classic lemon bars, this has a tropical twist using passion fruit pulp...

Rose Sangria with Guava & Pineapple

This cocktail captures the sweet tropical flavors of guava and pineapple and I love the pink color!

Pina Colada Bread Pudding

Crushed pineapples, coconut milk and a subtle hint of rum gave me a sweet little thought of sunny beaches on a getaway island...

Papaya Cream

This dessert combines fresh papaya with cool, creamy ice cream to create a sweet ending to the meal. 

Pastelitos de Guayaba (Guava & Cream Cheese Pastries)

These combine a favorite pairing of guava paste and cream cheese tucked inside layers of flaky puff pastry.

Pina Colada Cheesecake Truffles

Take the flavors of a pina colada and put them in a cheesecake truffle!

Tropical Pavlova

This dessert is beautifully presented at any table and deliciously light, especially for a summer night.

Passion Fruit Cheesecake Truffles

A passion fruit reduction elevates these truffles for some island flair...

Guava Pound Cake

Shhh... This is Paula Deen's pound cake recipe with a Cuban flair!

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