What To Do With Grapefruit

Grapefruit, all grown up.

Every once in awhile someone gives me a grapefruit.  One or two a year are just about all I can eat.  Its not that I don’t like grapefruit.  I certainly respect it.  It is high is vitamin C and is supposed to be a good diet food.  I think that is probably because it is so sour and bitter – even the pink kind – that you can’t taste anything else for hours after eating one.

Bare naked grapefruit.

My mother would serve us grapefruit halves.  She had a set of grapefruit spoons I always coveted that had serrated edges, but they disappeared at some point and I’ve never seen any like them.  The sharp edges would allow you to dig out the grapefruit sections without actually arm-wrestling with the fruit.  She’d also often ‘section’ the halves, using a paring knife to cut each section free so that all we had to do was scoop them out.  She left little reason for us to not eat them.  Of course, not eating my mother’s cooking was unheard of anyway.

If you section the grapefruit first, you could probably get more whiskey in there.

To make grapefruit much more appealing, she would doctor it up with brown sugar, whiskey and then broil it and serve it warm.  Wow did that ever improve the taste!  Since grapefruits are making the rounds right now, and no one else I’ve spoken with seems to have heard of this method of serving them (their ears sure perk up when I tell them, though!), I thought I’d do everyone a favor and print the recipe. The Grapefruit Diet suddenly doesn’t look so bleak.

Broiled Grapefruit
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Serves: 2
 
This method of preparing grapefruit I learned from my mother, Beth Cywar, a fabulous cook and a nutritionist before her time. She also believed that food wouldn't do anyone any good if they wouldn't eat it.
Ingredients
  • One grapefruit, cut in half widthwise.
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons whiskey
  • A few fresh or dried berries (optional)
Instructions
  1. You may section the grapefruit or not; your choice. Sectioning would probably allow more whiskey to seep in, and would be a little easier to eat, but it is optional.
  2. Place halves on foil or an oven-proof dish, or on a broiler pan.
  3. Start the broiler. A toaster oven works great.
  4. Sprinkle the grapefruit halves with the brown sugar.
  5. Slowly drizzle the whiskey over the halves.
  6. Broil until warm and slightly brown and sizzling, about ten minutes.
  7. Adorn with fresh or dried fruit, or if you want to be retro, a marashino cherry, and serve.

 

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