Sicilian Lemon Marinade

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2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 2 large lemons, removed in wide strips with a vegetable peeler
3 bay leaves
3 large rosemary sprigs, cut into 1-inch lengths
1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
Kosher salt
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup water


In a medium saucepan, combine the olive oil with the lemon zest, bay leaves, rosemary sprigs and cracked peppercorns and cook over moderate heat just until sizzling. Add a large pinch of salt; remove from the heat. Let cool slightly, then stir in the lemon juice and water. Applications: Use as a 1-hour marinade for swordfish, tuna or shrimp, or to marinate veal, chicken or pork for up to 4 hours before grilling, broiling or sautéing. Strain and toss with salad greens, olives and croutons and roasted potatoes or drizzle over poached fish.


Grace Parisi,

December 2002
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