Sunday, March 30, 2014

10 quick ideas with citrus


10 quick ideas with citrus
A squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of lime zest - we all know how a dash of citrus can really lift a dish, adding freshness and tanginess. Think how well the acid of citrus juice works with extra virgin olive oil to balance a dressing or how in a marinade it carries flavours such as garlic into chicken or lamb.

These intense bursts of flavour can come from lime, lemon or orange, and from the juice, the skin or the flesh itself.

Slightly sweet and tangy elements come from grapefruit and oranges or add a sour zing to savoury dishes with lemons and limes. Raid your fruit bowl to add this distinctive boost.
Top ideas:

  1. Finely chop the flesh of a lime and add to a green salad.
  2. Add grated lemon rind to crushed garlic and chopped parsley to make a classic gremolata.
  3. Ceviche, a South American dish, is made from the freshest fish soaked in lime juice to ‘cook'.
  4. When roasting a leg of lamb, go Greek-style. Add lemon juice and wedges to the roasting pan. Add pan juices to the gravy.
  5. Make a simple Italian fennel and orange segment salad with an orange and olive oil dressing.
  6. Combine lime juice, sweet chilli and fish sauce to dress noodles.
  7. Toss cooked broccoli with grated lemon zest and parmesan.
  8. Make a marinade for chicken by combining orange zest, orange juice, olive oil, garlic and thyme.
  9. Grapefruit pairs well with seafood such as scallops.
  10. Make a citrus salsa with chopped orange, lime and grapefruit flesh, coriander leaves and sliced chilli. Serve with grilled fish.

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