Bitchin’ Kitchen’s Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies

Joseph and I were days away from canceling our U-verse subscription a couple months ago. Then we discovered Food Network and the Cooking Chanel.

Bitchin’ Kitchen airs on the Food Network in the US and Canada and is adapted from Nadia G’s web series.  It took me a while to get used to the show, and I think I made at least five tweets complaining about her. But Joseph finally talked me into watching an entire episode, and I fell in love. Nadia G is funny, strange, beautiful (seriously, she is hard to look away from), and she really can cook.  She has an obvious passion for quality of food, but the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. It fits right along with our sense of humor, and it’s the only cooking show on TV that makes Joseph and I laugh. It is seriously bizarre and hilarious.

So a few weeks ago I for the first time was inclined to make a recipe I saw on TV–BK’s Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies.  They are perfect! I will definitely be making these instead of boring old lemon meringue pies from now on. The dark chocolate graham cracker crust is divine with the citrus filling, and the meringue is not too sweet.

Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies from Bitchin’ Kitchen”

20 graham crackers
½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate, grated
¼ cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs at room temperature, yolks and whites separate
1 Tablespoon grapefruit zest
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 ½ cups water
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch salt
¼ teaspoon white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).

In a re-sealable bag, crush graham crackers. Transfer crushed graham crackers into a big bowl and mix in: dark chocolate shavings, brown sugar and melted butter. Line 4 4-inch pie molds with the crust mixture. Note: I used a food processor to crush my graham crackers and only needed to use about half the mixture.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then cool.

In a bowl, combine 4 egg yolks, fresh pink grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, a pinch of pink grapefruit zest, and a pinch of lemon zest.

In a heavy saucepan mix water, cornstarch, 1 ¼ cups sugar, and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat whisking constantly for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture thickens. Slowly add this mixture to the citrus-ey yolks.

Pour mixture back into the pot, reduce heat to low, add 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter and whisk for 8 more minutes, until very thick. Cover and refrigerate.

To 4 egg whites add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar, and 3 Tablespoons white sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).

Spoon citrus filling into graham cracker crust and top with lots of meringue. Bake for 10 minutes, until the meringues brown slightly.

I love the show so much I bought a t-shirt!

9 Responses to “Bitchin’ Kitchen’s Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies”

  1. 1 westwood 28 February 2011 at 7:26 pm

    The photos make this blog delectably exquisite.

  2. 2 Dana 28 February 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Really interesting recipe, but I just can’t share the Nadia G love. Can’t stand listening to her talk or watching the show. :S

    • 3 Alyssa 28 February 2011 at 9:05 pm

      That was my problem too! She drove me crazy, and it was a unique form of punishment on Joseph’s part to make me watch the show. I watched it subtitled and on mute for a while because she is so pretty. I eventually got used to it and now find her really funny!

  3. 4 Kristin 28 February 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I love Bitchin’ Kitchen! Finally there’s an original cooking show out there. All of the other kitchen personalities feel so similar and canned to me. I can’t stand watching them, actually. They’re so boring — even their sets look the same. I was so happy to find someone original and quirky and interesting. And then she goes and makes interesting food and not, like, enough to feed a family of four, which I really appreciate. And pink grapefruit meringue pies?! How interesting and neat! I kinda want to make them now, too.

    • 5 Alyssa 15 May 2011 at 12:46 pm

      So happy to see other BK fans! I love watching food shows (Chopped, Iron Chef, and DDD) but typically stay away from the standard cooking shows. Watching people cooking alone in their kitchen just isn’t that interesting to me unless I like the person a lot. But Nadia’s show is so much fun to watch–definitely the only cooking show that makes me laugh.

      I have a long list of recipes I’d like to make after seeing them on her show. I love her passion for quality food as much as I love her ability to make the show fun.

  4. 6 Bill Morrisey 13 April 2011 at 7:36 pm

    We love Bitchin’ Kitchen! Nadia G. is awesome and her friends on the show are very funny too. Nobody takes themselves too seriously and its nice to learn great recipes with a laugh now and then while looking at the beautiful Nadia G. The Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pie recipe is fantastic. We substituted a pomelo from Thailand instead of the grapefruit and it was amazing Here’s wishing Bitchin Kitchen many more seasons!

    • 7 Alyssa 15 May 2011 at 12:39 pm

      It’s nice to see another fan! I feel like I have to stand up for her all the time. She is just so much fun to watch. Plus, she’s knowledgable but still knows how to have fun with it!

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