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I love grapefruit, but buying a bag of them at Costco was a pretty bold move. They’re delicious and juicy and the price was great, but, as much as I like grapefruit, I started getting a little tired of them about half way through the bag. I thought about baking them and adding spiced whipped (coconut) cream like I did to some oranges a while back, but then I decided to go for something different.
How different? You ask. Very different.
I cut the grapefruit in half,
cut the segments out,
made meringue with honey, put everything back in the grapefruit shells,
and baked it all.
Yep, that happened. And it was delicious.
I know Paleo desserts are a controversial thing, and I usually stay away from them for several reasons. Honestly, a lot of them don’t taste that good to people who aren’t used to not eating sugar! These grapefruit are a pretty nice exception, though. I also know that honey, while a natural sweetener, is still a sweetener. I guess you could leave it out, if you wanted, but just plain baked egg whites doesn’t sound like a very tasty meringue! It’s your call, though.
The most difficult part about this creation is getting the segments out of the grapefruit and then cleaning out the membranes. I accomplished this by cutting each grapefruit in half, running a sharp knife around the inside edge of each half, and then using the knife to cut each section free from its surrounding membrane. I was then able to scoop the sections out of the grapefruit and into the bowl before pulling out the membrane bits with my hands. (Sorry, but it’s the most effective way to remove them!)
Other than that, these meringue-topped grapefruits are very easy to make.
These keep for a little while, but they will get soggy pretty quickly in the fridge, so it’s best to eat them within about half an hour of making them. That shouldn’t be a problem, though – they’re super delicious!
Have you ever done anything with a grapefruit besides eat it plain? I’ve noticed there aren’t many grapefruit recipes out there. What’s your favorite way to enjoy this less popular-seeming citrus?