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Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit



We love eating in my house and while you may not find the stashes of candy, unless it's Halloween and MAYBE Easter, you can always find healthy fruits. As a young girl I grew up on an island, living in a house that was surrounded by fruit trees. As a matter of fact, most of those trees are still there to this day. Mangoes, Plums, Pomegranates, Oranges, Tangerines, Limes, Lemons, Grapefruits and even Passion Fruits. My mother would normally pick the fruits and every day I would have freshly squeezed juices for lunch and dinner. I had no idea what Kool-Aid, Tang or any drink mix was until I came to the USA. Everything was fresh and direct from the source. Even now I still try and reduce our intake of artificial drinks and snacks by making our drinks and what we eat as healthy as possible. While I no longer have access to the numerous fruit trees in my backyard, I however have access to a supermarket where I can pick them up at my convenience. Citrus fruits can always be found now in my house. They are a natural source of Vitamin C and there are so many uses for them. For example, I use limes and lemons not just for making lemonades but I also use them for garnishes on dishes and to prepare my meat before cooking. Today however, my focus is on the grapefruit, also another good source of Vitamin C. I recently found out that eating 2 grapefruits a day can actually reduce your risk of gum disease. While I knew that it was good to lower bad cholesterol and it's a great liver cleanser, l had no idea that there were so many other benefits. Now our Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit is what I use for dessert, so don't do this one too often, this is our alternative to sweets. I hope you like it.

Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit


Ingredients

1 large, ripe grapefruit, chilled
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Optional: Vanilla Greek yogurt


Instructions

Preheat the oven to broil.

Wash and dry the grapefruit and slice in half. Cut just enough off of each bottom so that they can sit without rolling around.


Using a sharp knife, cut in between the segments and around the edge of the fruit to separate it from the skin. This just makes it easier to eat.


Liberally sprinkle the brown sugar on top of both halves.

Place the grapefruit on a foil-lined baking sheet and place it about six inches under the broiler.


Broil for 60 - 90 seconds or until the sugar is bubbly and golden brown.

Remove and let cool before eating.

If desired, add a dollop of Greek yogurt on top for added protein!


Notes:

Be sure to let this cool before taking a bite. That sugar is blazing hot!!

The Greek yogurt is optional, but it adds some extra protein to round out the meal. The creaminess of the yogurt with the sweetness of the sugar and the tanginess of the grapefruit is a delicious combination of flavors!

I tried this a few times before getting it right, and it works best when the grapefruit is about six inches under the broiler. Too high and it burns in seconds. Too low and it doesn't brown quickly enough. The idea is to get the fruit nice and caramelized fast enough that the inside stays cool.

You can easily double or triple this recipe. And the broiled grapefruit segments can be removed from the skin and used in fruit parfaits or even a dessert!

Annmarie John
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  1. This looks yummy. I have never really had grapefruit, this looks like the perfect way to try it.

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    1. It truly is and give it a try. I think you'll love it.

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  2. this might be the only way I'd eat grapefruit! Looks awesome.
    And I'd love to just be able to pick fruits from trees in my yard. Darn New England and its lack of enough sunlight!

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    1. Oh Tamara I wish I could take you to the Caribbean with me. You'll have a blast there.

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  3. I absolutely love pink grapefruit but have never thought to cook it. I happen to have all of these ingredients so I am thinking I have to try this for dessert tomorrow.

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    1. If you did, how did you like it? It's pretty good.

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  4. I have never tried grapefruit warm. Always cold. I have got to try this because it sounds so delicious. And looks really pretty, too!

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    1. It really is and there are so many other ways you can try grapefruit.

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  5. I do like grapefruit cold. Sounds and looks really interesting! Would be worth trying!

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    1. I think it is. Give it a try and let me know if you like it.

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  6. That does sound like a great alternative to sweets. I like grapefruit, so I'd try it, definitely!

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    1. Oh you have no idea. I'm not a fan of sweets so healthy sweets is a good alternative.

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  7. I have never been a big fan of grapefruit but would eat it from time to time. However, I cannot eat it anymore at all due to the medication that I am on. This is a very creative way to prepare it and enjoy it though.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that but maybe you can make it for the boys. They might enjoy it.

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    1. It truly is and I think you'll love it.

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  9. I'm from Haiti and fruit trees is very common there. I remember living in Florida and having some mango trees in our yard. I miss that a lot. My SO loves grapefruit juices. I wonder if he would like this recipe. So simple and looks really yummy.

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    1. He might but you will never know until you make it for him. I would love to visit Haiti one day. I had a friend in NYC who grew up there and she spoke creole fluently. I remember her trying to teach me but for the life of me I just couldn't get it. :)

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  10. I would have never thought of broiling grapefruit. This is one recipe I am going to have to try.

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    1. Let me know how it turns out and how you like it.

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  11. Now I've had a lot of grapefruit in my day, but I have never had it like this! Looks amazing! I'm trying it!

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    1. So did you have a chance to give it a try, and if you did, how did you like it?

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  12. I have never had broiled fruit before. This looks really delicious.

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    1. And it really is. It's amazing the things we come up with when it comes to food.

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  13. Oh wow this sounds amazing - I haven't ever tried broiled fruit before but your photos make it look so appetising. x

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    1. And it tastes as good as it looks. How about giving it a shot?

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  14. I've never heard of this before but oh does it ever sound fabulous - and looks so good too!

    Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a lovely week!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jennifer and it's pretty good. You should most certainly try it one day.

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  15. These look really good! I usually eat grapefruit with plain white sugar. I'll have to try this!

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    1. They are really good and if you give it a try, come back and let me know how you liked it.

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