Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brown sugar and ginger broiled grapefruit


Hot grapefruit? Hmmm. It's something I've been seeing pop up all over the internet lately. I was skeptical... I mean, I don't think I've ever had grapefruit that was cooked in any sort of way. Since I've been buying up tons of citrus lately and one happened to be a bag of grapefruit, I decided to be brave and give broiled grapefruit a try. Some recipes use cinnamon, some use mint, some use turbinado sugar, some use brown sugar -- I don't think there's one correct way to broil a grapefruit. Feel free to experiment and try out different ways to enjoy your grapefruit.

We ate this for breakfast over the weekend and enjoyed it. The grapefruit changes and becomes really soft and almost dessert-like. The top gets a sweet crust and the inside is juicy and a touch sour. The below recipe is for one grapefruit. Serve a half of a grapefruit per person and just add more to the topping mixture for the number of grapefruits you are using. I think this would be a great addition to your next brunch. People may think it's odd at first, but once they take a bite, they will forget their misconceptions and gobble it up!

Brown sugar and ginger broiled grapefruit
1 grapefruit (I used pink), chilled
1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of sea salt

Preheat the broiler.

Cut the grapefruit crosswise. Run a serrated knife all along the edge of the fruit and the rind to loosen it up. You may also want to run it along each section to make sure each piece pops out easily. Place them on a broiler safe baking sheet. If the grapefruit halves are wobbly, carefully slice the rind on the bottom to make it flat.

Using your fingers, mix up the remaining ingredients in a small bowl until well mixed. Evenly distribute the mixture over both grapefruit halves.

Place under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes, or until the topping is melted and golden. Serve immediately.


What was I cooking one year ago?: chicken braised with Meyer lemons, fennel, and olives
 Two years ago?: Tom Kha Gai (Thai chicken coconut soup) and lemon pudding cake

16 comments:

  1. I think i would love the sweet and sour aspect of these! A great way to get me to eat my grapefruit - one of my least favorite fruits.

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  2. I've never tried grapefruit this way - and I'm not sure why I haven't. I'll have to pick up some grapefruit from the store and try this!

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  3. Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to broil grapefruit for sometime and since this is citrus season, this is the perfect time.

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  4. What a beautiful idea to add a sweet touch to the otherwise savory grapefruit! It looks very appetizing!

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  5. Wow... it looks really lovely. What a great idea , certainly trying this recipe. :)

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  6. I love grapefruit prepared this way... it's kinda old-fashioned,I think.

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  7. This might be the key to getting me to like grapefruit.

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  8. Hi Amy! I just got back from vacation and am catching up on my blog reading! I really enjoy broiled grapefruit but I've never tried it with ginger -- sounds delicious!

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  9. Now THIS is the kind of thing I should be eating when that dessert craving hits! I love grapefruit so it would be such a treat.

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  10. I have not had grapefruit for a while...and I like how you prepared it...ginger and brown sugar...looks great Amy.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

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  11. this is by far my favorite way to eat grapefruit--it changes the flavor profile entirely!

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  12. I don't like grapefruit but I bet I would enjoy this!

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  13. This sounds so divine, I am headed to the grocery store for some grapefruit. Thank you so very much for sharing!

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  14. Sounds interesting. I eat greapfruits but never cook them. I should try this recipe!

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