7 Ways With Lemons
When life hands you lemons, make more than simple lemonade. Try stews, desserts, sides, and more.
Story by Maureen Callahan
Skip the StandIf life gives you lemons, don't limit yourself to lemonade. Add those lemons to chicken stew, fried catfish, tea bread, or even biscotti for a bright and tangy punch of citrus flavor.
Chicken Stew with Olives and LemonChicken thighs, artichoke hearts, olives, and golden potatoes slowly braise on the stove with lemon, parsley, and capers for a stew that's out-of-this-world easy, not to mention delicious. Enjoy this heartwarming main dish in under 45 minutes.
Fried Lemon-Rosemary CatfishFried catfish is always an easy fix, but a hint of lemon and rosemary flavors give it an updated appeal. Marinate catfish in a milk-lemon zest-rosemary bath for one hour, then dredge in seasoned cornmeal and pan fry.
Broccoli with Lemon CrumbsToast fresh breadcrumbs in a skillet with melted butter, lemon juice and zest and then toss with steamed broccoli. It sounds fancy, but this simple topping trick can add flavor to all kinds of steamed veggies from green beans to asparagus to carrots.
Lemon Tea BreadIf lemon desserts are your cup of tea, this quick bread delivers. A hint of lemon zest in the not-too-sweet batter is followed by a double hit of lemon juice and zest in the simple powdered sugar glaze.
Lemon CurdButter, sugar, eggs, and lemon are all you need to make a tart-and-creamy spread to top scones, fill crepes, or drizzle over ice cream or cheesecake. Once made, lemon curd keeps indefinitely in the fridge.
Homemade LemonadeTart and sweet, this homemade lemonade recipe starts by boiling sugar and water into a sweet simple syrup that's combined with fresh lemon juice and zest for a refreshing beverage any time of year. If you prefer your lemonade more sour than sweet, cut down on the sugar in the syrup.
Lemon Biscotti with Sour Lemon DrizzleLemon juice and zest add a light and refreshing flavor to the traditional twice-baked Italian cookie known as biscotti. Make the recipe plain or stir in dried cranberries and toasted slivered almonds for a more indulgent treat.
How-to Video: Juicing LemonsSee how easy it is to get freshly-squeezed citrus juice.
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