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Grapefruit enlivens winter dishes

Right about now is when I really start bemoaning the fact that the summer fruits are long gone, the fall apples and pears are becoming more and more expensive and the berries, well, unless I want to take out a second mortgage they ain’t gonna find themselves in my grocery basket.

As I forlornly push my cart through the aisles of sad-looking, rock-hard mangos and grapes that are minuscule in size and flavor, I spy grapefruits.

Those sweet and sort of tangy almost sour yellow/red juicy citrus fruit are actually affordable right now.

The grapefruit is equally at home served for breakfast, in a salad, juiced in a drink or even in a dessert.

The following recipes are simple and deliciously addictive.

Just be warned, if you are using the juice or the fruit of the grapefruit with meat or fish as a marinade, don’t let it sit too long.

The acid in the fruit will turn the meat or fish mushy if left soaking for more than an hour or so.

Broiled Grapefruit

2 large grapefruits, well chilled

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sliced strawberries for garnish

Prepare the grapefruit by cutting it in half and slicing a thin slice off the bottom of each half (this will help keep it stable when cooking). Using a small, sharp knife, section the grapefruit halves to loosen but not remove the segments. Basically, cut each segment around the membrane making sure to not cut through the rind. Place the sectioned halves in a glass baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Divide the mixture into four and spoon (our use your hands) to press the mixture evenly over the four grapefruit halves. Broil until the topping is bubbly about 2 to 3 minutes. Watch this carefully, it will burn quickly. Serve immediately with the sliced strawberries. Serves 4. Can be doubled or tripled.

Grapefruit and Wild Rice Salad

1 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 3/4 cups water

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 grapefruit, peeled and the segments cut into bite-sized pieces

1 avocado, peeled and diced into small pieces

2 green onions, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

In a small saucepan with a lid combine salt and water and bring to a boil. Add the rice to the boiling water and bring back to a full boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Let the rice cool to room temperature. While the rice is cooling, in a small bowl, combine the garlic, orange juice, olive oil, red pepper flakes and rice wine vinegar. Whisk to combine.

Once the rice is cooled, place it in a glass salad bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Add the grapefruit, avocado and green onion and toss just to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4. This can be doubled or tripled.

Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa

1 orange, peeled, sectioned and cut into bite-sized pieces

2 grapefruits, peeled, sectioned and cut into bite-sized pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup chopped parsley

2 green onions, sliced thin

2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained and coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons orange zest

1 teaspoon grapefruit zest

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt and black pepper

4 salmon fillets, skin removed

2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Chopped parsley for garnish

For the salsa: In a bowl combine the orange and grapefruit pieces with the olive oil, parsley, green onions, capers, orange zest, grapefruit zest and red pepper flakes. Mix to combine; season with salt and pepper and set aside.

For the salmon: Preheat the broiler. Brush the salmon on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Broil 5 to 6 minutes and remove from oven. Brush tops with the honey or maple syrup. Return the salmon to the oven and broil for 1 minute. Remove the salmon and place it on a serving platter or individual plates and then top with salsa and chopped parsley and serves. Serves 4. Recipe can be doubled or tripled.

– Submitted by Randi Augastinick of Indianapolis Slice of Life is a food column that offers recipes, cooking advice and information on new food products. It appears Sundays. If you have a question about cooking or a food item, contact Eileen Goltz at ztlog@frontier.net or write The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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