I thought I would start a new food “series” here on ALWL. I take one ingredient and show you three different ways to eat. Sound good? First up is grapefruit. I have discovered that you either love grapefruit or hate grapefruit. It is a pretty polarizing fruit. I happen to love it. Probably because growing up in Florida it was forbidden not to love citrus fruits. Plus we had a grapefruit tree in our backyard and every morning my dad would cut up a grapefruit for my sister, my brother and I – including cutting out the sections for us. Sadly no one does that for me these days but I still love grapefruit. Here is grapefruit three ways – broiled, in a salad and candied.
Broiled grapefruit is one of the easy and most delicious ways to eat grapefruit. Placing it under the broiler in your oven for a couple minutes caramelizes the sugar and honey on top and makes it oh so tasty. Plus I add a little chili powder on top to give it that sweet, tart, and spicy thing that we all love.
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sugar, preferably raw sugar
- pinch of chili powder
Turn on broiler in oven.
Cut grapefruit horizontally. Put 1/2 tablespoon honey on each piece of grapefruit. Followed by a pinch of chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon of raw sugar. Repeat on the other side of the grapefruit.
Put grapefruit on a sheet pan and place in the oven. Cook grapefruit for about 5 minutes or until the top begins to caramelize and turn golden.
Putting grapefruit in your salad is a great way to disguise a salad from being a boring old vegetable filled salad. When you supreme the grapefruit, be sure to save the juice from the sections and use that in your dressing. Fennel compliments the grapefruit and the walnuts mellow out their tartness. I made the dressing out of walnut oil which adds a bit of sweetness and softens the sometime bitter grapefruit.
- 2 grapefruits
- 1 bulb fennel, cored, halved and top fronds removed
- 1 cup toasted walnuts, lightly chopped
- 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup walnut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- handful of parsley leaves
Supreme grapefruit by cutting away the rind, as well as the white pith.
Once all the rind is removed, with a small pairing knife cut out sections of the grapefruit by following the white lines that run vertical on the grapefruit. Place the sections in a small bowl and when all sections have been removed squeeze remaining grapefruit pulp over the sections to get all of the juice out.
Using a mandolin or knife slice fennel into thin slices. Place in a large bowl. Add grapefruit sections reserving the juices at the bottom.
Make the dressing by combining the grapefruit juices, with walnut oil, honey and salt. Mix ingredients together then pour over grapefruit sections and fennel. Add a handful of parsley, then finish with toasted walnuts.
Candied grapefruit is a great way to use the rind of a grapefruit. Make sure you boil out the bitterness before “candying” it. I also dip my in melted chocolate for an amazing treat.
- Rind of 2 grapefruits
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup chocolate (semi-sweet or dark chocolate) - optional
Slice the rind of the grapefruit 1/3" thick. Remove the pith of the grapefruit by slicing away the white portion of the rind.
In a medium saucepan, place grapefruit rind slices and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute then drain the water. Repeat 3 to 4 more times to remove bitterness from the rinds.
When the grapefruit rinds have finished boiling, add 1/2 water to 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, melt the sugar and water together. Once mixture comes to a boil add in grapefruit rinds and boil until most of the mixture is absorbed.
Pour candied grapefruit onto a rack that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Let candied grapefruit dry for about 4 to 5 hours. Once almost dry but a little tacky, add a couple rinds to a bowl with 1/2 sugar in it. Cover the rinds with sugar and repeat for the rest of the rinds.
If you would like to dip the candied grapefruit in chocolate, melt chocolate over double boiler. Once melted dip grapefruit into the chocolate and place on parchment or silpat lined baking tray. Let chocolate dry at room temperature before serving or eating.