broiled grapefruit topped with blueberry compote, lemon zest, & basil

broiled grapefruit 2_Fotor broiled grapefruit 1_Fotor broiled grapefruit berry compote_Fotor Broiled grapefruit is more delicious than it sounds. When sprinkled with a touch of brown sugar and placed under high heat, magical things follow. The sugar caramelizes and the fruit’s pink flesh mellows in flavor. Out of the broiler, the halves are topped with a homemade blueberry compote, thin ribbons of fresh basil, & lemon zest.

The how to…
Makes 4 servings


2 large grapefruits
3 Tbsp brown sugar
zest of 1/2 lemon, for topping
3 large basil leaves, sliced in thin ribbons, for topping
Blueberry compote
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
juice of 1/4 lemon
squeeze honey

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  1. Make blueberry compote. In a small saucepan, combine frozen blueberries, lemon juice, and honey. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Continue to cook until compote is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Broil grapefruit. Cut grapefruits in half crosswise. Sprinkle brown sugar over grapefruit halves and place under broiler. Broil until sugar is bubbly and edges of fruit are charred. Top with 1 Tbsp blueberry compote, lemon zest, and basil. Serve immediately.

Some extras…
*Add broiled grapefruit (or any other broiled citrus) juice to wine for a delicious sangria.
*Double the blueberry compote recipe and use the leftovers to top waffles, pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, & vanilla ice cream–the options are endless!


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