Cooking With Clementines
Do you have a whole pile of clementines (or mandarins or tangerines) that you need to use up? It happens…you take advantage of the season to stock up – way up – and wind up with more than you can snack on. But if you have a lot of clementines to use up, don’t worry…they go great in many recipes, from savory to sweet!
Clementines, the ultra-juicy citrus fruit that is only available for a short time each year, are fabulous for cooking. Eaten as alone as a snack they are tasty and healthy, but Clementine juice, candied Clementine peel, or Clementine sections can elevate ordinary ingredients to an extraordinary gourmet meal in no time. Foodies and epicureans all around the world wait eagerly for Clementines to come into season so they can enjoy the super-sweet, citrusy flavor of Clementines in their favorite dishes. And no wonder…clementine recipes are a citrus-lover’s dream!
Seedless Citrus Fruit in Your Favorite Dishes
First off – did you know you can easily swap out canned mandarin oranges for fresh clementines? If your recipe calls for an 11-ounce can of mandarins, just use two fresh Clementines instead (use three fresh Clementines for a 15-ounce can of mandarins).
One of the most popular ways to cook with quality fruit like Clementines is to use the juice in place of sugar as a natural sweetener for smoothies and baked goods. Clementines are small, but they contain a lot of juice, so one Clementine can produce enough juice for two smoothies. Fresh fruit, yogurt, and fresh squeezed Clementine juice blended together makes a delicious healthy treat for dessert or for breakfast. In fact, if you prefer a smoothie that’s less sweet, you can mix in a little grapefruit juice.
Using Clementines in Savory Recipes
Substituting Clementine juice in recipes for cookies, pancakes, breads and other baked goods is a great way to impart a slight hint of citrus flavor and a lot of natural sweetness into the finished product without adding sugar, but Clementines work great in savory main dishes, as well. Here are some other fun ways to use Clementines when meal planning:
- Salads. Clementine wedges in green salads (like Arugula salad) will balance out the acidity of tomatoes and other acids in the salad, and with the sweet taste of the juice you won’t even need dressing! Make your green salads brighter and tastier by using fresh Clementine wedges as a garnish, or tossed right in with the salad. Clementine wedges and a little Balsamic vinegar are also great with berry fruit salads and really bring out the flavor of the berries.
- Fish dishes. Fish dishes often call for a hint of citrus to bring out the flavor of the fish and provide balance. Sauté fish with some fresh Clementine zest and you’ll be amazed at how good your fish will taste! You can also use Clementine wedges as garnishes for certain fish dishes.
- Poultry dishes. Clementine juice is a great base for a poultry marinade. Chicken and turkey soaked in a marinade of Clementine citrus juice and spices will stay moist and delicious during the cooking process, and will have a wonderful sweet-and-savory flavor after cooking. Clementine peel garnishes or a slight sprinkling of Clementine zest over the top of the poultry entrée is a great finish to the dish, and adds a lot of pizazz.
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