|Sauteed Grapefruit Chicken with Salad and Grapefruit Honey Dressing|
Personally, after one grapefruit breakfast, I'm done for the year. But I've still got plenty to use up in the pantry. The obvious secondary use for excess grapefruit is cocktails, but one Greyhound (like a Screwdriver, but with grapefruit juice) is also enough for me.
And so I start marinating stuff. Shrimp, chicken, salad...grapefruit brings a surprisingly sparkly and probably novel flavor to the party. Here is a recipe I've previously blogged about for grapefruit marinated shrimp. Today I've zested and juiced 2 medium grapefruit and I plan to get 3 dishes out them for 2 meals.
|Juice and zest divided: 4 tbsp zest with salt and pepper |
for Sauteed Chicken (bottom left), 1/2 tsp zest and
1/4 cup juice for salad dressing (top), 1 cup juice
for Un-Buffalo Chicken Tenders (bottom right)
The salad dressing is a variation of a recipe from the classic red gingham Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and makes enough for 8 servings, so you can serve it with 2 separate meals. The Un-Buffalo Chicken Tenders is a variation of this recipe that I created for my husband's grandmother so that I could "split" the recipe between a spicy version and non-spicy version without needing to cook a totally separate meal for those who prefer to skip the heat. An overnight marinade in any type of acid (like hot sauce, citrus juice or apple cider vinegar) makes for beautiful fork-tender sauteed chicken.
Both meals can be prepped ahead, though only the zest-marinated chicken can be frozen for any significant length of time. The dressing will keep several days in the fridge. The dressing will also require an immersion blender, electric whisk, food processor or stand blender to properly combine the honey with the other ingredients.
Be sure when you season your dishes not to go overboard with salt. Citrus hits the same points on the tongue as salt so even a moderate amount of salt will be intensified in combination with citrus zest.
A tip about juicing any citrus fruit...put the whole fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds before juicing, especially if you've taken it straight from the fridge.