Thursday, March 14, 2013

Broiled grapefruit

     As the days are getting longer, and the temperatures are warming up, I woke up wanting something different. I tour full-time with Harpeth Rising, and when I'm home I really enjoy being able to cook all the things I can't normally have on the road. Things like soup. Have you ever tried eating soup in a car? Seriously... Broiled grapefruit also fits into that category, although I don't know that you could call putting something under the broiler for five minutes cooking. It's a delicious way to jump start your day, and a great way to "eat your colors". It can be a little messy, but definitely worthwhile.
     Its lively color will perk up your breakfast and cheer you up. You'll end up having a better day, will smile more, and be more liked by your colleagues, and will probably get that bonus you were hoping for. Who knew it was this easy?!

grapefruit, halved
dash of cinnamon
drizzle of honey

     Set oven to broil. Place your baking rack in the middle of the oven (you want the top of the grapefruit to be about five inches from the heat coils. Take your halved grapefruit, and slice off the rounded bottoms, so they lie flat in a baking pan without rolling around. With a paring knife, score the grapefruit lightly around the circumference, where the pith meets the fruit. Also score the individual sections- this will make it easier to pull out chunks of grapefruit. Splash a dash of cinnamon if you'd like, and drizzle some honey over it. If you sprinkle white sugar over the top you'll get a beautiful brulee like creme brulee- but I prefer using honey and healthier sugars when cooking. Up to you though! Pop in the oven for about 4-5 minutes, and let rest a minute before eating
     The honey and juices will heat up and mix together, and it is delicious! The heat and the honey take away a little of the tartness of the grapefruit, which makes it more palatable if you've got a sweeter tooth.

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