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Knife skillz: supreme » digest LA

i am supreme!

The most useful cooking class I have taken so far was the knife skills class I took at Brooklyn Kitchen back in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. I learned the proper way to hold a knife and how to cut vegetables like onions, tomatoes and peppers.  At the end of class, the teacher quickly showed us how to supreme a grapefruit. On Top Chef they always mention supremes, but I never had any idea what it meant. Chef Brendan McDermott said, once you eat grapefruit this way, you will never go back.

I was interested, but I haven’t eaten grapefruit since Friday night dinners at my Bobe’s house. At the beginning of every single shabbat meal, she served half a grapefruit with canned fruit salad in the center. (I am not sure I didn’t just make up that canned fruit salad bit, but the grapefruit part is true.) I guess she learned to love grapefruit from her 20-some years living in Cuba, but her Philadelphia grapefruit never really won me over. Now that I am in LA, I have started to pick up a grapefruit from the store about once a week, supreme it and eat it for a quick and delicious dessert. Chef Brendan was right!

You can learn how to supreme fruit lots of places on the interwebs. Like…

Once you master supremes, you can make a citrus salad with different grapefruit, oranges, and avocados over boston lettuce with a dressing made from shallots, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Thanks to my sister for the citrus salad idea. She is pretty much the source for all my recipes.

  • joanna

    mmm, grapefruit. i loved that canned fruit cocktail in the middle, too.

  • The Dad

    So, if I’m to understand this correctly, Bobe’s grapefruit would’ve been improved by replacing the fruit cocktail with avocado? And then what? Sprinkling some vinaigrette on top?

  • admin

    Oh dad. I like grapefruit with all the membrane removed because the membrane tastes bitter. Except for in California, everything tastes sweet in California.

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