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TIP OF THE DAY: Red Grapefruit, A Winter Treasure

Red Grapefruit Crostini
[1] Grapefruit and goat cheese crostini. Enjoy them with a glass of sparkling rosé (photo courtesy Fit Mitten Kitchen).

Red Grapefruit
[2] Sliced red grapefruit (photo courtesy Fit Mitten Kitchen).

Grapefruit Avocado Salad
[3] Fill an avocado half with red grapefruit, plain or lightly tossed with flavored olive oil or a sweet vinaigrette (photo courtesy Rio Star).

Grapefruit Fizz
[4] A grapefruit fizz (photo courtesy Belvedere Vodka).

 

It’s red grapefruit season: the sweetest and most colorful of the grapefruit varieties.

After tasting it, you won’t even want pink grapefruit anymore.

Red grapefruit started as a mutation of pink grapefruit. It was originally discovered growing on a pink grapefruit tree in Texas. (Pink grapefruit itself was a mutation of white grapefruit.)

Since then, it has been embraced even by people who don’t like tart white grapefruit. There are a number of different brands, such as Ruby Red and Rio Star. Bonus: The darker the flesh, the more antioxidants.

You can read more about red grapefruit by following the links below. First, we tempt you with this delicious appetizer, an easy recipe from Fit Mitten Kitchen.

Serve them with a rosé sparkling wine (Martini and Yellowtail are two of our favorite, affordable brands).
 
 
RECIPE: GOAT CHEESE AVOCADO GRAPEFRUIT CROSTINI

Prep time is 20 minutes. Here’s the difference between crostini and bruschetta.

Ingredients For 18-24 Pieces

  • 1 large baguette
  • 5 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1-2 medium avocados
  • 2-3 large grapefruits
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • Optional: honey for drizzling
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    Preparation

    1. LINE a cooling rack with paper towels. Cut the grapefruits into segments: Here’s how to segment a grapefruit in 60 seconds. Carefully place the segments on the paper towels and set aside.

    2. PREHEAT the oven to 325°F, or toast in a toaster oven. Slice the baguette on the bias, about 1″ thick. Place the slices directly on the rack and toast until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. When finished, remove from the oven and place on a serving tray.

    While the baguette is toasting, slice the avocados into thin slices.

    3. SPREAD about ½ tablespoon of goat cheese on each crostini slice, then layer on avocado slice, then the grapefruit segment. Rub the fresh basil leaves between your fingertips to release the fragrant aroma, then garnish the crostini. Add the optional honey and serve immediately.
     
     
    MORE ABOUT RED GRAPEFRUIT

  • The Different Types Of Red Grapefruit
  • Grapefruit History
  • Red Grapefruit Garnishes
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit
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    Recipes

  • Appetizer: Citrus Bruschetta With Blue Cheese
  • Beverage: Grapefruit Rosemary Water
  • Cocktail: Grapefruit & Basil With Grapefruit Vodka
  • Cocktail: Grapefruit Fizz
  • Cocktail: Grapefruit Mimosa
  • Cocktail: Grapefruit Thai Basil Cocktail
  • Cocktail: Grapefruit Vodka Cooler
  • Cocktail: Red Grapefruit Collins
  • Salad/Side/Starter: Raw Scallops With Grapefruit
  • Salad/Side/Starter: Citrus Asparagus
  • Salad/Side/Starte: Red Grapefruit, Jicama & Radish Salad
  • Salad/Side/Starter: Grapefruit & Apple Mint Sushi Roll With Honey Chili Dipping Sauce
  • Main: Red Grapefruit & Black Bean Chiles Rellenos
  • Salad/Side/Starter: Spinach Salad With Grapefruit
  • Main: Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish
  • Main: Seared Scallops With Red Grapefruit-Avocado Salad
  • Main: Steamed Shrimp With Spicy Grapefruit
  • Dessert: Mini Cheesecakes With Grapefruit Tops
  • Dessert: Red Grapefruit Crème Brûlée
  • Dessert: Red Grapefruit Granita
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