Broiled Grapefruit

In Cooking, Uncategorized on January 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Since January is essentially, or should be, the national healthy eating month I am going to focus on healthy recipes.  I am kicking this off with a grapefruit recipe.   Grapefruit is a tart and tangy citrus fruit that has an underlying sweetness.  This is a wonderful, healthy diet food that is low-calorie and rich in nutrients – be careful though grapefruit also has a negative interaction with many medications, so unfortunately it may not be healthy for you.  I honestly prefer my grapefruit with salt.  Apparently this is not the “norm” as most people scoff and explain how they eat theirs with sugar.  Weirdos. 🙂

Broiled Grapefruit Two Ways:

Pink or Red Grapefruit, halved
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
half a maraschino cherry
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp coarse salt

Directions: Cut grapefruit in half crosswise. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each half, if necessary, so that it will stand upright.

Using a serrated grapefruit knife or a small, sharp knife, loosen the grapefruit segments in each half by first carefully cutting between the fruit and the peel and then by cutting along either side of each segment to free it from the membrane. Leave all the segments in their shells. Place the halves upright in a baking dish.

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Using your fingers, sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over the grapefruit half and garnish center with cherry. For the salty version rub grapefruit with olive oil and salt.  Slip under the broiler about 4 inches from the heat source and broil until the sugar is uniformly bubbly, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer each grapefruit to a serving dish and serve immediately.

Wow let me start with the fact that my house smells kind like I have been roasting fruit marshmallows – it’s a good thing.  As for the cooked grapefruit… I was pleasantly surprised the sweet had a candy-like flavor and the salty version reflected how cooking the grapefruit mellows the tartness of the fruit.  I loved both, but salty still outweighs sweet in my grapefruit world.

Happy eating!

  1. First off I prefer Red Grapefruit, and I have broiled mine before too. Only I drizzle it with dark rum and sprinkle it with light brown sugar. 🙂

  2. Oh, and my dad puts salt on every fruit.

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