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Preserved Lemons

These showy lemons won't stay bottled up for long after you sample the citrus boost they provide to your favorite dishes.

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When preserved in a salty brine solution -- sometimes flavored with spices -- whole lemons take on a sweet, but still tangy citrus taste. Use sparingly, however, because a little lemon goes a long way.

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  • Stir a tablespoon of chopped preserved lemon into a slow-simmering chicken stew. Or, add several preserved lemon halves to poaching liquid for fish.
  • Add slices of preserved lemon to braised lamb shanks. Or, drop a preserved lemon quarter into the pan as you make your favorite couscous.
  • Toss a couple of teaspoons of finely minced preserved lemon in green salads. Or, stir a tablespoon of finely minced preserved lemon into chicken salad.
  • Mince preserved lemon rind and toss gently with cooked penne pasta, pieces of crisp-tender steamed asparagus, and basil pesto. Top with a mixture of finely minced preserve lemon and shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • Toss several julienne strips of the citrus into stir-fried green vegetables or skillet-fried potatoes.
  • Simmer chopped tomatoes with preserved lemon and cloves to make a chutney for roasted pork.
  • Before roasting, stuff a whole chicken with a few preserved lemons. Then, top the finished chicken with a simmered mixture of finely minced preserved lemon, chopped sweet onion, and a little crushed black or dried red pepper.
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