After a long week of cooking and eating, I’m going to assume that most people are looking for something very quick and easy to make for brunch or breakfast.
One of my favorite quick breakfasts is a cut up grapefruit with a sprinkle of salt or sugar on top.
This recipe just kicks that up a notch by broiling the grapefruit with a tiny pinch of butter/sugar topping. The topping caramelized a bit and makes something resembling a grapefruit creme brulee.
In other words, it’s really good. Not to mention that it literally takes under 10 minutes.
1) Preheat broiler on high.
2) Cut grapefruits in half and use a knife to cut out each segment away from the tough walls.
3) Mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt in a small bowl.
4) Top each grapefruit half with a good sprinkle of the topping.
5) Broil grapefruits on a baking sheet for about 4 minutes until the topping is caramelized.
6) Let cool briefly and serve immediately.
Cutting the Grapefruit
The grapefruit is kind of an intimidating fruit. It’s large and the wonderful fruit inside can be a bit tricky to get to.
I remember as a kid always asking my mom to cut up the grapefruit so I could easily scoop out each individual segment. I still use the same technique today.
Just chop the grapefruit in half to reveal all of the individual segments. Then take a sharp, small knife like a paring knife or steak knife and carefully cut out each segment.
This might seem like a lot of work, but it really only takes about a minute per grapefruit. I usually run my knife around the outside of the fruit and then work on the inside, carefully cutting each segment from the hard rind part.
Be sure to cut on each side of each interior wall so every segment is loose and easy to scoop out.
That’s pretty much the hardest part of this recipe.
This topping is about as easy as it gets. It’s just even parts butter, brown sugar, and white sugar and then a pinch of cinnamon and salt.
Mash this all together with a fork and you’re ready to rock!
Broiling the Grapefruit
Sprinkle some of the topping on each grapefruit half. You should have enough topping with this recipe to do two grapefruits. I actually over-did the topping a bit on these two halves. You could use less because it melts down anyway.
Set these under the broiler on high and broil them for about 3-4 minutes.
The butter and sugar will melt pretty quickly and caramelize a bit on the grapefruit.
It forms almost a candied crust on the top of the grapefruit segments.
Because the segments are pre-cut, they are still really easy to scoop out.
The grapefruit is slightly warm and has a nice mix of sweet and salty. It’s completely delicious.
Two of these halves (1 full grapefruit) is actually really filling.
If you’re were serving these as a side though, then I would just serve half a grapefruit per person.
For a dish that takes under 10 minutes to make, it’s actually a really classy dish and very tasty.
I think even people that aren’t huge grapefruit fans would have a hard time not liking this.