Monday, May 11, 2009

Lemon Dishes

I love lemons. I think they're beautiful to look at and the uses for both the juice and rind are endless. They're easily used in both savory and sweet dishes, and I don't know of many people who don't appreciate them.

We recently had a meal that was lemon-based and absolutely delicious. We started with a salad made of simple endive drizzled with a dressing of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and lemon before moving on to a lemon and garlic-roasted chicken and lemon orzo. We ended with my favorite cupcakes, making a fully fabulous sunshiny-lemon meal.

Lemon Curd-Filled Lemon Cupcakes

Pomegranate and Lemon Dressing
Makes 1 cup
Printable Recipe

8 ounces POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced shallots
1 teaspoon honey
salt to taste

Reduce pomegranate juice to 3/4 cup by simmering gently for 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and chill well before serving.

Lemon and Garlic-Roasted Chicken
Serves 4-6
Printable Recipe

One 5-6 pound roasting chicken
1 whole lemon
6 whole cloves garlic
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Loosen breast skin on chicken by slowly working the handle of a wooden spoon under skin on both sides. Slice lemon thinly and slide slices under breast skin. Toss any extra lemon and the garlic cloves into the cavity of the bird. Brush bird with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast, uncovered, until desired doneness is reached. Usually 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours is sufficient.

Lemon Orzo
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

1 cup dry orzo, cooked until al dente (about 2 cups cooked)
2 Tablespoons minced shallots
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all and heat through.


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I do like lemons also. Just bought some Myer the way they smell.

Lo said...

Nice idea with the lemon pom dressing! Very summery!

Psychgrad said...

This looks like the perfect meal! Can I get the recipe for the cupcakes from you? I was just talking to Giz about making lemon cupcakes for the wedding.

giz said...

Oh my...the wires are burning now - those lemon cupcakes with lemon icing and a curd filling - absolutely perfect.

Anne Coleman said...

OK, girls - I added links to both recipes. It was a combination of two different recipes. As for the filling - the 'cone' method works well. Cut a small cone of cake from the top of each cupcake, fill with curd, cut the bottom of the cone off and replace and frost. If you have a better filling method, go for it - I'm all about easy!

Dennis said...

Yammy the Lemon and Garlic-Roasted Chicken looks soooo good!


PG said...

Awesome! Thanks for adding that - going to go take a look now!