This bruleed grapefruit toast is loaded with fresh, Florida Grapefruit that's been caramelized with brown sugar. The candied grapefruit is then paired with fresh diced avocado, creamy goat cheese and crispy buttery griddled bread.
As a native Floridian, I was basically born a grapefruit lover.
Growing up, we had grapefruit trees in our yard and they were always a part of our diet.
Whether juiced and poured into a glass, cut up into a fruit salad or candied and eaten straight out of the rind, they were always delicious.
Then a few years ago, while I was the chef at my family's bnb, Black Dolphin Inn, we served bruleed grapefruit almost every morning as the fruit to start our breakfast.
One morning, while I was recipe testing for my book, I decided to see how I could incorporate it into one of the grilled cheeses for my book.
So, I tried caramelizing a few slices of grapefruit and paired it with creamy goat cheese and fresh diced avocado.
The sweet tartness from the grapefruit paired with the candied sugary crust tasted amazing with the richness from the avocado and the bright tanginess from the cheese.
It was a match made in heaven and it quickly became a super popular dish at the hotel!
Now, I've reinvented the recipe in an easier, more straight-forward approach that still delivers those amazing flavors with ease.
Is FL Grapefruit good for you?
Did you know that grapefruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (naturally occurring plant compounds), some of which may act as antioxidants and have associated health benefits?!
And that just ½ of a medium grapefruit is considered an excellent source of vitamin C?
Additionally, each grapefruit has fiber, potassium, thiamin, and vitamin B6.
All of these things combined make grapefruit an excellent and healthy part of your diet!
When is Florida Grapefruit in season?
Here in Florida, grapefruit is in season from November through May each year.
Most Florida Grapefruit is grown along the Indian River region of the state -- from Daytona to West Palm Beach.
So if you want the sweetest, best fruit possible, buy them from January through May, which is when the weather starts to get cold here in the sunshine state and sweetens the fruit.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Fresh Florida Grapefruit - This is the star of the recipe! Fresh, bright, sweet and tangy, Florida Grapefruit cannot be beat! Florida Grapefruit is sweeter and juicier than grapefruit grown in other parts of the world. And it has a thinner peel giving you more fruit in every piece.
- Light brown sugar - You could substitute this with granulated sugar.
- Avocado - No real substitution for avocado but you could leave it off if you're not into it.
- Goat cheese - If you don't have goat cheese, you could swap it out for fresh ricotta, cream cheese or even burrata.
- Sourdough bread - Any thick, flavorful artisan bread will work!
- Salted butter - Olive oil or unsalted works just fine, too! Just be sure to add a pinch of salt if you're not using salted butter.
To begin, you'll first want to pick out the perfect Florida Grapefruit.
Then, remove the skin from your grapefruit. You can watch the video at the bottom of this post to see my technique.
Then slice the Florida Grapefruit into ¼" thick slices and pat dry.
Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle the brown sugar onto each slice. If you don't have brown sugar, white sugar works just fine, too.
Next, it's time to caramelize the grapefruit.
You can either put the slices on a baking sheet and pop it under the broiler for 5-10 minutes, checking every few minutes, or until the grapefruit has been candied.
Or you could use a kitchen torch and brulee each slice until golden and crispy.
Then while the grapefruit is caramelizing, you'll want to butter both pieces of your bread and place it in a fry pan or griddle over medium-high heat.
Toast both sides of the bread until the crust is golden brown.
Once the grapefruit is done, smear each piece of toasted bread equally with the goat cheese and then evenly distribute the avocado on top.
Next, it's time for the fresh Florida Grapefruit! Add it on top and then enjoy!
What to pair it with
Since I used to serve this as a breakfast dish, I recommend pairing it with these easy air fryer breakfast potatoes, these huevos con chorizo, or even this cheesy asparagus puff pastry.
For more tasty Florida Grapefruit recipes, try this Grapefruit Margarita - The Paloma, this Grapefruit Kale Salad or this Bruleed Half Grapefruit.
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Bruleed Florida Grapefruit Toast with Avocado and Goat Cheese
- 1 Florida Grapefruit cut into ¼" sliced
- 3 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 avocado diced
- 4 tbsp goat cheese
- 2 slices sourdough bread
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- First, remove the skin from your Florida Grapefruit. Then slice into ¼" thick slices and pat dry. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle the brown sugar onto each slice.
- Next, you can either put the baking sheet under the broiler for 5-10 minutes, checking every few minutes, or until the grapefruit has been candied. Or you could use a kitchen torch and brulee each slice until golden and crispy.
- While the grapefruit is caramelizing, butter both pieces of your bread and place it in a pan over medium-high heat. Toast both sides until golden brown and set aside.
- Once the grapefruit is done, smear each piece of bread equally with the goat cheese and equally distribute the avocado on top.
- Next, fill in the empty space with the bruleed grapefruit and enjoy!