Sunday, December 6, 2009

When citrus reigns SUPREME

One of the things I look forward to every winter is all the great citrus fruit piling up at markets at great prices. Red rubies, navel oranges, blood oranges, satsumas (one of the best tangerines) and all their wonderful kin. A great way to expand your citrus horizons is to learn how to cut supremes. A supreme is a citrus section that has been cut out to exclude the outer peel (and pith) and the separating membrane. It's not hard to do, and kind of fun, but you do need a little practice. Once you have a nice little pile of these babies you can store them in the fridge and throw them into salads on a whim or use them to accompany raw, smoked, or seared seafood. Don't be afraid to go savory with salt, pepper, olive oil, hard cheeses, balsamic, avocado, etc. They are also great to just eat alone as a snack or dessert. Kids that won't even look at a grapefruit will gobble these down like gummy bears. Here's a video of how to turn your paring knife into a citrus saber with Syd Barret's Baby Lemonade in the background. enjoy!

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