Today I have six Meyer Lemon Recipes to share with you. You may remember from a recent Sunday Letter, our soon-to-be neighbor gave us a sack of Meyer lemons from her trees in Houston. You know the saying, when life gives you lemons? Well, I didn’t make lemonade, but I was inspired to try a few new recipes.
Lemony foods are my favorite! No kidding, I would rather have a lemon-flavored dessert than chocolate.
I’ve not wasted a drip of juice or a sliver of zest. And can I just say, these are the juiciest, zestiest lemons I’ve ever had. A true blast of sunshine. The most joyful of all the fruits.
So what did I make?
Take a look.
Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken
This Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken, from How Sweet Eats, is made with chicken thighs (the best cut of chicken in my opinion). I made it just as the recipe is written with one exception: I used chopped garlic rather than a whole head. I imagine a whole head would be wonderful, but I was too lazy to make a special trip to the grocery store.
Meyer Lemon Poundcake
According to ask chef Dennis, this Meyer Lemon Poundcake is reported to be a Starbucks copycat. I’ve not had the Starbucks version, so I can’t vouch for that, but I can tell you this—it is moist and marvelous. Yummy lemon + pistachios. Yep. A keeper recipe for sure. The entire cake disappeared in no time from our kitchen.
Always before when I make poundcake, I stick to my Elvis Poundcake recipe. It’s tried and true and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. But if you want something lemony that’s a little fancier, Meyer Lemon Poundcake won’t disappoint.
Fresh Lemon Ginger Smoothie
Okay this smoothie is my new favorite smoothie, and what a great way to start the day. I changed it up a tad by omitting the banana and pineapple, doubling the mango, and adding a scoop of collagen powder. It was luscious, both sweet and tart, and very lemony. Ginger and lemon are healthy, detoxifying ingredients. I pretend it cancels out the calories in the magical Meyer Lemon Pound Cake.
Simple Lemon Vinaigrette
We eat lots of salads at our house, and everyone knows, a salad is only as good as the dressing. This Simple Lemon Vinaigrette from Epicurious is just as it sounds, very simple to make with fresh ingredients you likely have on hand.
I think it would also make a wonderful glaze on chicken or roasted veggies.
Lemon Rice and Chicken Soup (Avgolemono)
This hearty Greek chicken soup from Jo Cooks is quick to make and great for a cold night. It reminds me of a chicken pot pie filling, but the lemon and dill makes it lighter and more flavorful. Personally, I think it would be great with a big old biscuit, but I guess that wouldn’t be very Greek?
Lemon Lip Scrub
My last “recipe” isn’t something to eat, but it is edible. Lemon lip scrub is simple to make, and it will help soften dry lips.
1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 5-7 drops of lemon juice, stir together with your finger, and rub on your lips. Yes, you can lick it off.
Save it in the refrigerator and use it daily during winter.
I’ve used almost all of my Meyer lemons—what a great gift this has been. Thanks Amy!
What are you favorite lemon recipes?
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Suzy Taylor Oakley says
Ohmyohmyohmyohmy (that’s oh, my, sans all the commas). The only fruit I love better than lemons is limes (and *maybe* watermelon). After the ice storm, I’m going to grab some ingredients at the store and make a few of these.
I grew up eating lemons by themselves, topped with salt, just like Mom used to. Now I eat them (rarely, because too much is bad for tooth enamel) without salt. Anything lemon or lime flavored is sublime, IMHO.
If I go to a restaurant that has limes on hand, I’ll order it instead of lemon for my iced tea.
Also, I’m going to Pin this post. The world needs your lemon recipes. 🙂
The music video that you included! Oh my. It brought tears to my eyes in part because it showed people gathering. Close together. Crowded in. Enjoying and taking delight in a communal way and I wonder….when will that return? But also the music was so great! Thanks for finding another gem!
Dorothy Johnson says
I love lemon desserts. Izzy’s lemon icebox pie is smoothly sophisticated in comparison to the old sweetened condensed milk version my mothers used to make. Occasionally I buy a whole pie to serve to company,
My favorite lemon recipe is my mother-in-law’s for Lemon Bars. It features a lemon glaze instead of powdered sugar topping. The perfect combination of tart and sweet. I wish I had some lemons! I’d try your pound cake recipe.