During a season when we are forced to eat heartier fare to stay warm, it can be refreshing to break things up with a little citrus. The produce section of the store has been loaded with lemons, blood oranges, and grapefruits… all of which are at the top of their game
Besides purchasing crate after crate of clementines (they never seem to last more than a couple of days in our apartment), Eric and I don’t typically buy citrus. That’s the joy, I guess, of being a part of a CSA. We don’t have a choice in what we get and it’s a pleasant surprise when we find that our produce box has been filled with things we wouldn’t normally pick up.
The grapefruit that we received last week only sat in our fridge for a few days before I knew what I wanted to do with them. While many people find them to be too tart, I am well aware that is not always the case… and with a sprinkle of sugar and a pop in the oven, you could probably convince anyone that grapefruits are heavenly (especially the sweeter, red varietal)
I couldn’t bring myself to post a recipe that told you to just toss some sugar on top of a grapefruit half and bake it in the oven. But brown sugar and ginger… that is something to write about. The result is revelatory, a blend of sweet, sour, with a punch at the end.
This changed the way I look at citrus. While I was chowing down on one of these grapefruit halves, my brain was frantically coming up with other concoctions. Maybe a little cayenne pepper on top (too crazy)?
The one thing I am still uncertain of is whether this constitutes as breakfast or dessert. On one hand, you’re eating a piece of fruit that is full of wonderful vitamins. On the other, it’s quite sweet and somehow I can’t see doctors recommending this as a viable way to start your day.
But I did (I’m an adult, I can do that from time to time) and I plan on doing it again in the future.
Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Ginger
(from Joy the Baker)
1 grapefruit, cut in half and segmented with a grapefruit knife
2 to 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, you can eyeball it
a few generous sprinkles of ground ginger
Set the oven to broil and place a rack on the top shelf of the oven. You want the grapefruit to be as close as possible to the broiler heat.
Halve and segment a grapefruit. You may need to trim the bottoms of the grapefruit so it sits up straight.
Place in a broiler safe pan and sprinkle with brown sugar and ginger. Place in the oven under the broiler. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, keeping an eye on it as it cooks. Feel free to rotate the pan as the grapefruit browns.
Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature. Be sure to squeeze all the juice out when you’re done eating. It’s the best part!