Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Broiled Grapefruit

Breakfast during the week is generally limited to easily prepped and transported options for me: lots of oatmeal, Greek yogurt and granola, sometimes muffins or English muffins with a smear of peanut butter.  So when the weekend comes around, I’m usually ready for something a little more time-consuming that probably doesn’t travel well, and often plan for much more elaborate breakfasts, like breakfast tacos with eggs, chorizo and avocado or dressed up pancakes.  This time of year, though, I’m starting to get a little burnt out on heavy food, and with holiday baking, shopping and partying, spending a lot of weekend time on breakfast just isn’t always possible.
Then I saw broiled grapefruit on Serious Eats.  It’s perfect- not something I’d be likely to pack up for work, takes very little time to prep, and isn’t going to fill me up all morning when I’d rather be snacking on seasonal goodies.  The little bit of caramelized sugar softens the tart grapefruit, and the spices make you feel like you're eating something special.

Broiled Grapefruit

What’s in it:

1 grapefruit, halved
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp butter

How to make it:

Preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with foil. Using a paring knife, carefully loosen grapefruit segments, separating them from the membrane and rind. Sprinkle cut sides with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dot with butter. Place grapefruit halves on baking sheet and broil 5-8 minutes, until sugar is beginning to brown. Let cook for a few minutes, then serve.

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