Grapefruit Two Ways!

>> Monday, March 22, 2010

#1 Broiled Grapefruit!
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#2 Candied Grapefruit Peels!
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I was inspired to try out these recipes because of my overwhelming love of the grapefruit. I seriously can't get enough of it. So I figured it was time to start exploring new grapefruit territories. Since I am trying to get rid of sugar I tried to figure out a way to candy grapefruit peels without it, but decided I might as well go big or go home, right? Still, I wanted to even it out with another sweet grapefruit recipe that doesn't rely on sugar. This is where the broiled grapefruit comes in. I highly recommended these. Oh! and If anyone can recommend a grapefruit recipe, please do!

Broiled Grapefruit

Level of Difficulty: too easy
Pots/Pans Used: 1

Ingredients

1 grapefruit, halved
1 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a small bowl mix the agave and vanilla together. Pour it over the halves of grapefruit. Broil in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until you see the tops begin to caramelize and they look like this:
(Notice my dog, Oliver, lusting over them in the background) :)
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Yeah... it's really that easy.

Candied Grapefruit Peels
Level of Difficulty: takes time, but easy
Pots/Pans Used: 2

Ingredients

1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 c brown sugar
2 grapefruits
extra sugar to coat (I used some fancy vanilla bean infused sugar that I got as a gift, but regular sugar will be fine)

Start out by cutting the peels off the grapefruit and cutting them into strips.
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You're going want to remove as much as the bitter white part as you can, but don't freak out about it.
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Next, put them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Then drain off the peels to cool and then boil again. Repeat another two times for a total of 4 times being boiled. After that step, put 1 1/2 cups of water, the brown sugar, and the peels in a pot to simmer.
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Simmer until they are translucent and the water and sugar mixture reduces and thickens a bit. This may take 30 minutes to an hour. Drain them again and spread the peels out on a drying rack with paper underneath to catch drippings. Let them dry and cool for several hours. Once you feel they're ready, coat them in sugar. Ta da!
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7 comments:

Gaia Weise March 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

How do the candied peels taste? They have a similar look to candied ginger (which I am obsessed with) but I know they taste completely different.

s.m. March 22, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

yeah, i love candied ginger too. It's really sweet and slightly tart. I'm sorry, I'm not awesome at describing food.

Blake March 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

Well, I actually don't really like grapefruit, but having sampled Sammi's candied peels, I can say that they are delicious. They are sweet and citrusy. Highly recommended.

Sabina March 23, 2010 at 1:36 AM  

Oh, Sammi! You have no idea how much I too love grapefruit, and how deprived I am of the lovely things here in New York (y'know, tryna buy produce locally and all).

These look BEAUTIFUL. I can't wait to get back to FL and test this out!! You're the best.

s.m. March 23, 2010 at 2:00 AM  

Aww thanks Sabina!!! I'm glad to know I have another grapefruit soul sista out there.

olsonfoods March 23, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

I can't concentrate on the recipe when all I can look at it that amazing specimen of a canine in the background......

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