Think about your favorite kind of citrus. Is it an organic navel orange, grapefruit, or lime? How do you normally enjoy that fruit? If the answer to that question is fresh, as in, peeled and eaten with gusto, it’s time to try your hand at cooking with citrus.
There are many things to love about the flavors of fresh fruit. Thankfully, there’s plenty of room in our bellies for citrus that’s been incorporated into something bigger than itself as well.
Cooking with Citrus
When you’re cooking with citrus fruit it’s important to understand how they’re used as ingredients. There are plenty of cases in which a peeled and sectioned fruit is all that’s called for. But other recipes might require fresh juice or zest, something many of us daydream of preparing at home. If you keep an open mind you’ll reap the benefits.
If you keep your favorite citrus on-hand, you’re ready to get cooking! What’s more, it’s our goal to cover all the bases and create a citrus recipe for every occasion, with more in the works. Bookmark the Homegrown recipe box and have fresh-fruit inspired recipes at your fingertips, always.
Breakfast with Citrus
Some of the most comforting foods come in the form of breakfast and these recipes are no exception. Whether you want something to warm your belly or to keep you satisfied all morning long, we’ve got you covered. At Homegrown, breakfast is meant to help you put your best foot forward.
Lunch & Dinner with Citrus
For many, incorporating citrus into an entree is a familiar concept, so this section should make you feel right at home. Citrus is a popular ingredient amongst chefs for a good reason and the following recipes will show you why. We believe that experiencing each one is better than being told how delicious they are. If you’re eating these, our gut says that citrus will be a popular ingredient in your house soon. Just like in a professional’s kitchen. Adding citrus will make lunch and dinner exciting, fresh, and new.
- Orange, Avocado, and Beet Salad
- Chicken Piccata with Zucchini Zoodles
- Greek Style Lemon Chicken Soup
- Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip Tacos
- Mandarin Beef
Side Dishes with Citrus
We have a working theory at Homegrown that states many people do not realize how often their favorite foods contain some sort of citrus. Think about it! This is especially true with side dishes, where lemon and lime rule. Peruse our favorite sides and discover how versatile citrus can be.
In other words, just because you’re cooking with citrus doesn’t mean you’re in for a lifetime of redundant foods. Quite the opposite, actually. Take a look:
- Lime, Chili, and Sun-Dried Tomato Corn Salad
- Olive Lemon Hummus and Pita Chips
- Mediterranean-Style Red Grape Salsa
- BBQ’d Lemon Caper Meatballs
Desserts with Citrus
Finally, the ‘food group’ everyone has been waiting for: dessert. When citrus met dessert for the first time, the world changed. As did our desserts for the better. Surprise your guests with bright, tart flavors that complement the classic sweetness of desserts.
- Orange Glazed Bread Pudding
- Lime Jello Pie
- Caribbean Style Limeade Ice Pops
- Mini Mandarin Ice Cream Sandwiches with Nutella Chips
- Grapefruit Jellies
Cooking with the sometimes subtle, sometimes awe-inspiring and bold flavors of citrus is both an art and a science. Tap into your creative brain to think of new applications for the fruit’s flesh, rind, and juice. Your logical side will take the wheel from there to decide how much citrus makes perfect.
We believe in your ability to champion a new wave of citrus recipe development. Don’t forget to share your creations with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!