Valentine’s Day definitely steals the thunder away from all other holidays and observances for February, but in case you haven’t gotten your fill of decorating, eating, and indulging in all things pink, here’s another reason: it’s National Grapefruit Month.
As an avid grapefruit aficionado, I was excited to learn this news just in time to have a declared purpose to use the glorious citrus fruit for the next week. As a result, I’ve compiled six ways that you can incorporate the taste or color of grapefruit in to your kitchen, home, and events.
Grapefruit Meringue Buttercream Frosting
Image source: A Little Zaftig
Put the candy hearts and chocolate pieces aside in favor of topping vanilla cupcakes with a Grapefruit Meringue Buttercream frosting. Start by making vanilla cupcakes, and then follow the frosting recipe below.
- 8 large egg whites at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugara
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 pounds (6 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 6 ounces grapefruit marmalade
- In a large stainless steel bowl, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, water, and cream of tartar.
- Set the bowl over a wide, deep skillet filled with about 1 inch of simmering water. Make sure the water level is at least as high as the depth of the egg whites in the bowl.
- Beat the egg whites on low speed with an electric mixer until the mixture reaches 140 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Do not stop beating while the bowl is in the skillet, or the egg whites will overcook.
- Beat on high speed just until the mixture reaches 160 degrees, two to four minutes
- Remove the bowl from the skillet and beat on high speed for three to five more minutes. The mixture should hold glossy, marshmallowy peaks
- In another large bowl, heath the butter until it is creamy, about 30 seconds.
- Beat a large dollop of the meringue into the butter until well combined. Continue to beat in about half of the meringue in large dollops. Scrape the remaining meringue into the mixture and beat until smooth and fluffy.
- Very gently fold in the grapefruit marmalade.
- Frost cooled cupcakes & top with pink rock candy.
Grapefruit Party StreamersImage Source: A Subtle Revelry
If you’re going to be throwing a party, these 3 step streamers would be the most appropriate decoration.
If you use your imagination, they even kind of mirror the insides of the grapefruit.
- Stack four lengths of paper streamers on top of each other and pass them through a sewing machine. You can stitch them by hand tightly if you don’t have a sewing machine.
- Fold the stack in half on the stitched line.
- Use pinking sheers on the edge for extra texture and fluff.
Grapefruit MartiniImage Source: Bakers Royale
Yes, grapefruit and alcohol go together, and surprisingly very well at that.
So often overlooked, this flavor actually helps to mask the taste of alcohol for all those sensitive tastebuds out there.
Give this martini a shake to see what I mean.
- 2 parts gin
- 1 part St. Germain
- 1 part grapefruit juice
- grapefruit wedge
- 1 sprig of thyme
- Shake all ingredients with ice and pour through a fine strainer into a chilled Martini glass.
- Garnish with grapefruit wedge and thyme sprig.
Grapefruit LoofahImage Source: Etsy
Bring grapefruit in to the bathroom. The antioxidants and vitamins in grapefruit extract can provide anti-aging benefits and can also act as an astringent or exfoliant.
Just make sure the ingredients list out grapefruit oil. This natural pink grapefruit loofah scrub from Etsy is a great way to get the refreshing scent and exfoliating power of grapefruit in one punch.
Grapefruit, Salmon & Avocado Salad
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I think we’ve all come across the fancy salad with berries in it before, but I bet you haven’t tried putting grapefruit in one yet. Here’s a great recipe to help you start.
- 2 skinless wild-salmon fillets
- sea salt and ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 1 ruby red grapefruit, peel and pith removed, segmented
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced (see our step-by-step guide on how here)
- 2 cups sunflower shoots, watercress leaves, or micro greens
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 radish, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place in a 9-inch baking dish.
- Drizzle salmon with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with half of the scallions.
- Bake until salmon is partially opaque in center, 10-12 minutes. Let cool.
- Break salmon in to large pieces and divide among serving dishes.
- Top each with grapefruit, avocado, greens, radish slices, and remaining scallions. Season with salt and pepper.
- Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons oil and lime juice and season with salt. Drizzle over each salad.
Boiled GrapefruitImage Source: She Wears Many Hats
I’m sure you’ve never thought to broil a grapefruit, because I’ve never thought to broil a grapefruit. But you can’t go wrong with this four ingredient recipe that offers an already unique fruit a totally new unique flavor.
- Ground cinnamon
- Banana slices
- Prepare oven for broiling by positioning the over rack on top.
- Cut grapefruits in half. Using a small serrated knife, loosen the grapefruit sections from the membrane. Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet or shallow baking pan.
- Drizzle grapefruit halves with honey. Place banana slices on top and flip once to coat both sides with honey. Dust with ground cinnamon.
- Place under broiler until bubbling and slightly browned in spots, about 4-6 minutes. Keep an eye on during broiling to avoid burning.
- Serve warm