We're pretty sure you could only bake sweets right-side-up without these.
If not, there would be no other explanation for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake that we could imagine. This prickly piece of fruity perfection—the pineapple—lends itself in all its forms to any number of wonderful kitchen creations. You know it well from its appearances as slices, and rings, probably baked with a ham, but pineapple is the perfect fruit for all sorts of amazing recipes. As juice, it makes creating Pineapple-Lemongrass Syrup a cinch.
On its own, it is great off the grate as Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla-Cinnamon Ice Cream. The ways its juices caramelize are absolutely sensational. Pair it with pork and you're getting some Tacos al Pastor ready to go—the blend of tender meat and sweet fruit is incredible. Or, go Southern fusion and fry up a batch of Jalapeño-Pineapple Hush Puppies. The combination of heat, sweet, and Southern treat just has to be tasted. This may be one hush puppy you will want to shout about.