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I have been lovingly gifted a large bag of grapefruit and I am sort of at a loss for what to do with it. The rind is not 100% and I am not really a marmalade fan anyway, so I believe that option is out. Curd is a possibility - any other ideas? I would love to send some back as a holiday thank you to the people who sent it to me.

asked by always040 over 7 years ago

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Rivka
added over 7 years ago

Make a salad with beets, grapefruit, maybe some arugula, and cubes of feta. Or make this beautiful compote: http://www.epicurious.com..., which looks amazing.

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jane_grenier
added over 7 years ago

Or send them to me! Old school: split in half, sprinkle w/brown sugar or raw sugar and run under broiler until sugar melts. Fresh starter: salad of avocado and grapefruit (remove as much of pith and membrane as possible). Cocktail: juice 'em and make tequila sunrises.

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Rivka
added over 7 years ago

If you want to make something gift-friendly, this syrup recipe fits the bill: http://www.marthastewart...

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VanessaS
added over 7 years ago

I agree on the salad suggestion - maybe also good with shrimp and avocado or fennel or pieces of roasted butternut squash. Also, I've made and liked this recipe for halibut with grapefruit: http://www.marthastewart...

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drbabs
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added over 7 years ago

I tend to think of baking in these situations. A pie or tart, or a variation on lemon bars? I'm even wondering if you could make dymnyno's lemon tart http://www.food52.com/recipes... with the grapeffruit--you'd have to peel it and make sure all the white pith is cut off; it might need more sugar, but I think it could be really interesting--especially if the grapefruit is pink!

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aussiefoodie
added over 7 years ago

Could you try some kind of preserve? Maybe a variation on a marmalade?

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iuzzini
added over 7 years ago

Maybe a cranberry-grapefruit something or other. I like the tart and bar ideas as well! They sound interesting!

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mrslarkin
added over 7 years ago

This Thomas Keller grapefruit cake from Ad Hoc at Home has always intrigued me: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot...

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TiggyBee
added over 7 years ago

mrsl, small, crazy world here, but I made that cake a few days ago and my Husband thinks it was the greatest. I used Red Ruby for it and it's just a great recipe!

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innoabrd
added over 7 years ago

Just a heads up, but for those of us who are cholesterol challenged and on lipitor, grapefruit is a real no-no. I hate having any kind of food constraint, but given the choice between grapefruit and cured pork products (and, well, heart issues down the road), grapefruit gets the boot.

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healthierkitchen
added over 7 years ago

All these recipes sound great! If you can't decide which to make and/or don't use them all, grapefruit will keep in the refrigerator for a really long time - certainly many weeks, and possibly even a few months.

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hardlikearmour
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added over 7 years ago

How about preserves? http://www.epicurious.com...

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nutcakes
added over 7 years ago

Wow, there are some good sounding recipes here. I will try the cake and the preserves. I love grapefruit and avocado salad. Unless you were given a really large amount of grapefruits, just enjoy them. I wouldn't risk offending the giver by giving it back in another form.

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toddnyc
added over 7 years ago

Perhaps a grapefruit granita - you can make it in batches, even freeze in a ziploc (freeze flat then you can stack them), and enjoy when the mood strikes. (grapefruit with a pinch of mint is a great way to taste summer in the winter months, also great for mixing cocktails!)

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campagnes
added over 7 years ago

This grapefruit yogurt cake is wonderful: http://smittenkitchen.com...

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campagnes
added over 7 years ago

and I've always wanted to make this one: http://www.marthastewart...

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RavensFeast
added over 7 years ago

You could make homemade bitters with the rind. Here's a recipe for orange, but you can sub the quantities for orange/grapefruit:

Orange Bitters
Yields 2 Cups
Rind of 2 oranges
Rind of 1?2 Grapefruit
1 juniper berry
2 tamarind pods
3 corriander seed
1 C Vodka

Let sit over 12 weeks, shake mixture every 3­4 days.

Or, one of my favorite cocktails is fresh grapefruit juice with gin and 6 drops of bitters.

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ody
ody
added over 7 years ago

Make a simple salad by tossing grapefruit chunks with finely chopped mint and a few spoonfuls of strong dark honey (e.g. buckwheat)---it keeps well (1-2 weeks) in the fridge, so you can mix up a big bowl and eat through it slowly.

And, if you're NOT on Lipitor, peel and eat like an orange. The thin skin around each section is good for your heart!

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