Who remembers this recipe for Broiled Grapefruit straight out of 1950’s home economics class? Maybe even 1960’s or 40’s. We’re not sure, but we do remember our Mothers making it for us on a few special occasions such as Christmas Day!
Don’t we all just adore all kinds of citrus? Oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, tangerines, kumquats…you name it; we love them all. But especially grapefruit. We all love its tart, bitter tang when combined with a little sweetness.
When broiling grapefruit, some don’t like theirs cooked until it’s brown. We know most grilled grapefruit recipes take the cooking further, but we prefer it just barely golden and heated through. And we like a bit of the maraschino cherry juice drizzled over also. Only for good measure.
If you’re tired of the same old, same old for Christmas breakfast, try broiled grapefruit to shake things up a bit. We think you’ll like it! You see back in the 1950s it was a precious and an exceptional treat just for that day.
To make broiled grapefruit for yourself, just start by cutting a grapefruit in half crosswise. Through the waist so to speak. Not up and down. If you want, you can cut a tiny bit off the bottom of each half so that it sits more securely in the pan, but be sure not to cut so thick that you expose the flesh. It’s also nice to go ahead and remove the seeds.
Preheat your broiler to its highest setting. Place the grapefruit halves in a pan, drizzle them with a little maraschino cherry juice and sprinkle each with a bit of brown sugar. Some people add a tiny pat of butter and you can if you want. I don’t.
Pop the pan under the broiler for 8 to 10 minutes (longer if you want more golden brown fruit). Remove from the oven and top each with a maraschino cherry.
- one red or white grapefruit
- two tsp. maraschino cherry juice
- 2 tbsp. Brown sugar
- one tsp. butter (optional)
- two maraschino cherries
- Preheat your broiler to its highest setting.
- Cut the grapefruit in half crosswise.
- Drizzle each half with one teaspoon of cherry juice.
- Sprinkle with one tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Dot with a half teaspoon of butter, if using.
- Place in a shallow pan and cook under the broiler for 8-10 minutes. If you want your grapefruit to be more golden brown, increase the cooking time.
- Remove from the oven. Top with a maraschino cherry and serve.