wahoo!!!! it’s friday. time to weekend a.k.a. sleep and eat and do all the fun things.
it may not feel very bright outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the brightest, sweetest, best-looking part of the winter blues: winter citrus!! last week my french host mom, martine, brought home a gigantic grapefruit. seriously, the biggest grapefruit i’d ever seen! it reminded me how tasty our citrus is this time of year and that this ingredient needs to be recipe-fied.
enter roasted winter citrus. sound weird to you? it isn’t. roasted citrus is one of the best desserts to eat right now and luckily it checks all the boxes for your dry january/whole30/diet efforts/lol i’m actually out here eating cakes every day lifestyle!
i modeled this recipe off an easy one martine puts together with roasted apples in place of citrus. above, you can see all the citrus i used! lemon, clementine, orange, blood orange, and grapefruit. i found that those with a tarter taste (lemon, blood orange, grapefruit) had an even tangier taste after roasting. brushed with a blend of melted butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey, these slices will fulfill all your wildest sweet and sour dreams.
and you may notice that foodstuffs has a brand new look this week! the lovely sarah ku, cousin of the equally as lovely eunice choi (my former colleague at food52), helped me get one of her beautiful banners up on my website this week. along with martine’s apple recipe, the colorfully fruity banner helped inspire my recipe for this week! that’s what i like to call a win, win.
i served my citrus slices with just a light topping of honey, but there are many other options! some sweet ideas: serve alongside uncooked slices for a contrast of flavors, with a sprinkling of fresh herbs (e.g. basil), or with yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc. some savory ideas: a sprinkling of herbier herbs like rosemary and thyme or as a garnish for a main dish cooked with citrus elements (e.g. veal or pork chop). you really can’t go wrong here.
anddd in this week’s other stuff!
a beautiful quote shared by a certain butterfly in my life
i’m on the overall bandwagon (has anyone else been seeing them everywhere?!)
you should dance to this throwback song all weekend
that’s all for this week folks. short and sweet (and sour)!
roasted winter citrus
4-5 medium pieces of fruit, be it oranges, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, clementine, etc.
2 tablespoon butter (1/4 stick)
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, 180 degrees celsius.
- wash fruit well and slice to medium thickness, 1-2cm worth.
- heat butter in a small saucepan. once melted, add honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. mix to combine.
- brush each slice with butter blend on both sides and place on baking sheet.
- roast for 20-25 minutes! once out of oven, brush with butter blend one more time to give some shine. top with a bit of honey to serve.