Fresh Juice Is Just The Beginning
Let's be honest, January can be kind of dull. The twinkle lights have come down, the parties invitations have slowed to a trickle, and well it is just a bit cold and gray outside, but not inside the produce department of your Central Market, in fact you might say it is Citrusational.
This time of year is full of bold oranges, bright yellows, glowing greens, and vibrant reds to brighten the winter palette. The array of citrus fruits available can be a bit mind blowing, so to move you beyond lemons wedges and fresh orange juice, here are some sure-fire, tastebud approved ideas that will have your culinary juices flowing in no time.
For a light starter, try a Blood Orange, Red Onion and Fennel salad that incorporates classic Mediterranean flavors with a native fruit
Citrus Ginger Compound Butter is the perfect topper for a seared or grilled salmon. Simply combine 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoon orange juice, 6 tablespoon butter (softened), 1 green onion (minced), 2 tbsp fresh ginger root (minced) and mix well. Then top finished salmon with a pat of the compound butter.
Citrus-infused sugar can be made from a variety of citrus fruits like Meyer Lemon, Heirloom Navels, or Kaffir limes to name a few. Cut lengthwise strips of zest from fruit. Trim white pith. Bury strips in a large Mason jar of granulated sugar. Store airtight in a dark place for 2 weeks before opening. Use sugar in whipped cream, yogurt, or cakes.
One of my favorite winter treats growing up was when my mom would make Grapefruit Brûlée, and it is so easy it is one that I now recreate regularly. Pre-heat your broiler, then cut the grapefruit in half, then trim just enough off the bottom that the halves sit level on a sheet pan. Pat grapefruit flesh dry with a paper towel, then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of sugar on each half. Place under broiler, watching they don't burn, but that all the sugar is melted in about 5-8 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
Another great idea, try a little grapefruit sorbet in your Champagne or Prosecco for an appetizing aperitif.
You can also try Scallop Ceviche with Candied Citrus, Lemon Sorbet With Blueberry Red Wine Sauce, Ginger Lemon Nectarine Muffins, or any of the sweet and savory citrus recipes available.