We must have been more nice than naughty this year as we received a generous box of South Texas grapefruit this week. As soon as I discovered the carefully packaged citrus at our doorstep I began to have visions of baked grapefruit with crystallized ginger dancing in my head.
These fresh, sweet grapefruit came straight from the Pittman & Davis orchard in Harlingen. Don’t let a bitter grapefruit experience keep you from trying the very best Texas ruby red’s you can find. The succulent sections can stand on their own or with a little extra love with the recipe below.
Baked Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit
2 ruby red grapefruits, cut in half and loosened from peel
1 tbs unsalted butter, melted
4 tbs or generous drizzle of agave nectar
4 tsp brown sugar
4 tsp crystallized ginger
Preheat oven to 375 and place the rack at the top level, closest to the broiler.
Cut each grapefruit in half with a very sharp knife to loosen the fruit from peel and the individual sections. Remove any white pulp.
Place the 4 halves on a foil lined baking sheet and brush each fruit with melted butter.
Drizzle the agave nectar into each of the four center sections just to fill the hole.
Sprinkle the halves with brown sugar and crystallized ginger.
Bake at 375 for 5 -10 minutes, until grapefruit begins to bubble.
Turn broiler on high and broil for 2 minutes until the sugar and ginger are bubbly and browned.