I love anything lemon flavoured. Baking with lemon, cooking with lemon. Literally anything lemon, I am in. Therefore, this time of year when citrus is at it’s best, in my world its all about the meyer lemons.
Meyer lemons are another natural hybrid fruit. They are the product of a cross between a citron and a mandarin/pomelo. Meyer’s are sweeter and have a more floral taste than other lemons. Sometimes they take on a slightly orange tint and flavor. Because they are sweeter, they are great used in “fresh” applications like salads, drinks and vinaigrette’s.
Let’s start with a cocktail, shall we? I originally found this recipes for a Meyer Lemon Gimlet on The Food Punk:
4 oz gin
1/2 oz fresh Meyer Lemon juice
1 oz Meyer lemon simple syrup ( 2 tblsp ea. juice and sugar boiled and cooled)
Mix the ingredients and some ice, in cocktail shaker, pour into a martini glass garnish with lemon rind sliver. Sometimes I sub out the gin for vodka. Remember to rim your glass with lemon juice, and then dip it in course sugar.
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This chilled meyer lemon souffle is a little fussy (not hard….just….fussy), but my goodness, what a gorgeous, light dessert for after a heavy dinner. They can be made ahead of time, and they have a really nice presentation.
The LA times posted an article with 100 things to do with Meyer Lemons, and they had some GREAT tips….here are my faves:
- Meyer lemon confit: cook slices of lemons in olive oil over very low heat for an hour; coarsely chop, and add to a salad of market greens, goat cheese and candied walnuts.
- Make Meyer lemon granita by freezing a mixture of lemon juice and simple syrup, stirring it in the pan from time to time as it freezes.
- Make Meyer lemon hollandaise sauce. (Here is a recipe from William Sonoma🙂
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 Tbs. fresh Meyer lemon juice
3 egg yolks
4 Tbs. boiling water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Make Meyer lemon vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil, Meyer lemon juice, a splash of champagne vinegar, sea salt, cracked black pepper and a little lemon zest.
- Make a dipping sauce for grilled fish or shrimp from Meyer lemon juice, fresh chopped cilantro, basil and mint, minced garlic, ginger and chiles and fish sauce.
Pucker up and enjoy!