Have you ever tried broiled grapefruit?
A few weeks ago, one lazy Saturday morning, we did. A drizzling of honey, a few shakes of ginger or cinnamon, some slices of banana, and a visit under the broiler were all it took to make a plain grapefruit, uh … er … not so plain.
I enjoy grapefruit more than my husband, Randy, but even he liked the subtle change brought on from broiling. It’s definitely a unique flavor, and the aroma makes for a lovely start to the day.
A few notes:
Know your broiler. Broilers are not all the same, so you’ll need to watch your cook time to avoid burning. Our grapefruit got a little dark on the edges which was fine since we didn’t eat that part, but just keep watch.
Take time to section the grapefruits before broiling. The membrane gets very soft when cooked, which makes it difficult to separate the membrane from the good stuff. A grapefruit knife is a handy thing for this. If you don’t own one a small serrated knife will do.
If you’re not a banana fan, skip it altogether, or try adding strawberries. Roasted strawberries a very good thing.
I dusted the tops with ginger, but cinnamon, or the addition of cinnamon, may be used. Or have fun experimenting with different herbs or spices.
- ground ginger (ground cinnamon is a good substitute or addition)
- optional: banana slices (strawberries would be nice too)
- Prepare oven for broiling. Position oven rack on top.
- Cut grapefruit(s) in half. Using a small serrated knife or grapefruit knife, loosen the grapefruit sections from the membrane. Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet or shallow baking pan.
- Drizzle grapefruit halves with honey. Place banana slices on top and flip once to coat both sides with honey. Dust with ground ginger (and/or cinnamon).
- Place under broiler until bubbling and slightly browned in spots, about 4 to 6 minutes. Keep an eye on during broiling to avoid burning.
- Serve warm.