Meyer Lemon Vermicelli with Royal Reds

Entrees | March 17, 2016 | By

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So I have a deep and abiding adoration for all things lemon, especially Meyer lemon. And when you add in royal reds (I get these at Joe Patti’s, my seafood heaven!), oh my goodness. Plus there’s vermicelli (substitute angel hair/capellini/tagliolini). And like chili and gumbo, I can’t make just a little.

Which suits us just fine because leftovers are so, so good anyway.

Freezing Citrus
Did you know you can freeze citrus for later use? I’m not talking about eating it as fresh fruit, but using it for the zest and juice. It works like a jewel. There are all kinds of ideas on how to freeze citrus romping around out on the internet. Me? I just toss the whole fruit in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer. When I get ready to use it, I take a piece out of the bag and let it thaw and come to room temperature. Voila! I have fresh zest and juice. When blood oranges, key limes or Meyer lemons are in season, this is my go-to trick for having them when I need them.

You do know to always zest your citrus before juicing it, right? Then either dry or freeze the zest for later use. Citrus zest adds a bright touch to many, many dishes — cakes, cookies, rice, pancakes, waffles, tea — just give it a try and see what you think.

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This pasta dish is light and full of flavor. If you don’t have or don’t care for shrimp, try it with chicken. It works quite well.

Meyer Lemon Vermicelli with Royal Reds

Ingredients

    Shrimp
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 pound Royal Red shrimp, peeled and deveined (may substitute Gulf shrimp or chicken)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
    Pasta
  • 1 pound vermicelli
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup freshy shaved Parmesan, plus more as garnish
  • fine zest of one Meyer lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons capers (or more)
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced portopello mushrooms, sauteed in 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, optional

Instructions

    Shrimp
  1. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shrimp in a single layer and cook until pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. (Royal Reds will already be pink but the opaque flesh turns white.)
  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
    Pasta
  1. Cook the pasta in a l pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, Parmesan, lemon zest and juice in bowl; set aside.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving the pasta water.
  4. Return the drained pasta to the pot; stir in the lemon sauce, shrimp and about 1/4 - 1/3 cup pasta water to thicken.
  5. Add the salt, pepper and basil and toss.
  6. Stir in capers and serve topped with additional shaved Parmesan and sauteed mushrooms. if desired.

Notes

Chicken breast may be substituted for shrimp, if desired. Cut 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts crosswise into strips.

If you don't have Royal Reds, use any large, fresh Gulf shrimp.

You may substitute regular lemons for the Meyer lemons, but the flavor will be more "lemony."

http://diningwithdebbie.net/2016/03/17/meyer-lemon-vermicelli-royal-reds/

Comments

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    Hillary @ 918 Plate
    March 17, 2016

    HI Debbie!
    I was at OKWB Mini-Con and just finished off your jam for lunch. It prompted me to come poking around your site, when this was the first thing I saw! I just bought a Meyer lemon tree (it’s small now), but I’m hoping it will someday grow and fruit so that I can have Meyer lemons too!

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      Debbie
      March 18, 2016

      It was rather like birthing a baby at our house this past summer and fall. I was so protective of them both before and after harvesting;) Good luck with yours. Hope it does well.

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