Mini cheesecakes with red grapefruit
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||This tip comes from one of our favorite food educators, Alissa Dicker-Schreiber, The Kitchenista:
While waiting for spring fruits to appear, citrus fruits are a culinary bright spot. Oranges, grapefruits, clementines, mandarins, pomelos, tangerines, and their kin—while available year-round—are our “winter fruits.” You can incorporate them into just about any meal.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by cutting citrus segments: skinless wedges of citrus fruit. Since the segments are free of the harder-to-eat, less-tasty citrus parts like peel, membranes and pith (that bitter white layer beneath the skin), you can easily add them to any dishes you like.
Some favorite ways to use citrus segments:
- In salads. Orange or grapefruit segments are a natural pairing with sliced avocado and romaine lettuce, dressed with a Dijon vinaigrette.
- In fruit salads. Mix citrus segments with any other fruits that are available; or make an all-citrus salad, combining segments from grapefruits, oranges, blood oranges, cara cara oranges, and so forth. The mix of colors is absolutely gorgeous.
- As a topping, for yogurt and other breakfast foods; and for desserts, from sorbet and frozen yogurt to pudding.
- In veggie side dishes. Orange segments are especially tasty with roasted carrots. Sprinkle the orange segments over the cooked carrots just before serving.
- As a garnish for fish, chicken or meat. Sprinkle orange or clementine segments over the cooked food for a beautiful presentation and flavor complement.
- Anywhere you like! You can serve a bowl of citrus segments alongside meat, fish and poultry dishes. They’re a side dish unto themselves. For more complexity, sprinkle with fresh herbs (basil, rosemary, sage or thyme) and/or a grind of fresh pepper.
Take a look at these creative recipes—from cocktails to dessert—using red grapefruit.
See a video on how to segment citrus fruit.
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