Seared Grapefruit With Ginger Maple Syrup
I call these seared ruby red grapefruit rounds “pancakes,” not because there is any batter involved, but because I serve them warm, with maple syrup that I spike with fresh ginger juice.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2grapefruit, preferably ruby red
- 1tablespoon finely grated or minced ginger
- 2to 4 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste
- 1tablespoon butter
- Pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)
Step 1Cut away the ends of each grapefruit. Stand on a flat end, and remove the skin and pith by cutting down the sides of the fruit. Slice each grapefruit horizontally into 4 or 5 thick rounds (depending on the size).
Step 2Cut a square of cheesecloth. Wrap the ginger in the cheesecloth and squeeze over a bowl to extract juice. (If you don't have cheesecloth, use a clean kitchen towel.) Measure out 1/2 teaspoon juice and mix with the maple syrup. Add more ginger juice if desired. If desired, heat the syrup at 50 percent power in a microwave for 25 to 30 seconds.
Step 3Heat butter over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet or on a griddle until foam subsides and butter begins to color. Sear the grapefruit slices for no more than 20 seconds on each side and remove to a platter or plates. Drizzle on ginger maple syrup, garnish with pomegranate seeds if you'd like, and serve at once, while the grapefruit is still warm.