Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit

close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges

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It’s glorious grapefruit season right now! I have been eating them until my tongue hurts and inevitably juice runs down my chin. We’ve added the zest to drinks, had ’em in salads, but I still like them best as a breakfast or snack just as they are.

If you’re looking for a really simple way to take a standard grapefruit breakfast and turn it into a spectacular, hot sticky brunch treat, try this broiling method. You can use any kind of sugar or syrup and add some herbs if you’re feeling fancy. I had something similar at a restaurant with thyme leaves sprinkled on top and it was lovely.


close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges
Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit
Print Recipe
Grapefruit cut in half and broiled with a little brown sugar until it is juicy and caramelized, but still fresh and fruity in the middle.
Servings
2
Servings
2
close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges
Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit
Print Recipe
Grapefruit cut in half and broiled with a little brown sugar until it is juicy and caramelized, but still fresh and fruity in the middle.
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Turn on the broiler in your oven.
  2. Split a grapefruit in half and place it on a baking tray or in an oven-proof pan. Sprinkle the pink halves evenly with sugar and top with just a tiny bit of salt to bring out the flavor.
  3. Place the grapefruit halves under the broiler until they turn bubbly and a little brown (or even black) around the edges. This usually takes about 3 minutes, but monitor it because every broiler is different. Don’t get distracted! Overbroiling ruins a good meal fast.
  4. If you have maple syrup on hand, use it instead of sugar for even more flavor.
  5. This breakfast will make a grapefruit lover out of you!

Avocado, White Bean and Grapefruit Toasts

naan bread piled high with avocado, white bean and grapefruit salad

Another quick lunch idea I thought I’d share. This is a cold salad on top of warm toast (well naan bread in my case, but use what you have on hand). With the cold weather, I’ve been pretty uninterested in eating anything cold lately, but this had a warm enough overall vibe to be appealing even on a dreary, rainy winter day. Avocados and grapefruit have both been on mega sale lately so I have quite a few hanging around. The avocados are perfectly ripe and I am feeling pressure to eat them before they go off. So today I thought I’d make an extra fancy avocado toast by combining tangy grapefruit and creamy, savory white beans with the avocado.

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Carrot-Pineapple Cake for Dan

Carrot-pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting from the top with flowers

I must admit I don’t particularly care for Valentine’s day and I rarely even acknowledge it’s existence. In theory it’s a great idea. Celebrating love! Yes, I am so in! There isn’t anything more important to celebrate. But Valentine’s day is about romantic love and that means missing out on so much other love worthy of celebration. What about love in a family or between friends? Or the love we have for our communities and our fellow human beings? I want to celebrate all those kinds of love! But all that said, this year I also really wanted to celebrate my awesome partner Dan, just because he is the best, you know? So this year Valentine’s day is all about carrot-pineapple cake.

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Beef Stroganoff

beef and vegetables in a creamy sauce over a pile of egg noodles on a white plate. with a red background

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

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Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

Beef stroganoff is one of my husband’s favorites, so I make it as a treat for him—and one of my early readers, Dave, says his mother made it for him growing up. It’s a classic winter meal from Eastern Europe that warms up a cold house and fills the air with rich aroma. You can use any cut of beef; just adjust the cooking time based on the toughness. Dave’s mom made it with red pepper instead of carrot, so feel free to do the same if you can get red peppers at a good price.

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