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What to do w/key limes besides pie?

Covert Ops Jan 23, 2007 07:20 AM

A generous co-worker gave me about 10 Key limes from her tree. My first thought: gin and tonic! :-P But I'll need to do something else with them, and I am not a baker, plus hubby is diabetic so I want to stay away from desserts altogether if I can.

Any ideas for something easy, like a marinade?

  1. lax2mia Jan 23, 2007 07:40 AM

    Cocktails are the first thing that come to mind (but it looks like you have that covered). I've covered snapper and orange roughy fillets with thin slices of key lime and steamed them. They leave the key lime flavor on the fish and as a bonus cut down on the fish smell while you're steaming. I'd still save some limes for cocktails though.

    1. Candy Jan 23, 2007 07:40 AM

      There is a very old table sauce call old sour that was common on tables in the keys.

      1 pint of key lime juice strained into a bottle add a 1sp. salt and a couple of hot chilies like bird chilies. Cap and store in a dark place until it turns a dark amber color. Speinkle it on seafood, greens, into soups etc.

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        cristina Jan 23, 2007 09:15 AM

        Limonada! Squeeze a key lime (limón) or two into a tall glass. Add sparkling water and sugar substitute (to taste). Add ice. Marvelous--addictive, actually. You'll be begging your co-worker for her source.

        1. re: cristina
          Covert Ops Jan 23, 2007 11:16 AM

          Haha, her source is her tree. If I had the room and the patience, I'd get one myself, but I just benefit from her farm land. (It was tangerine cake earlier in the winter. . .)

          You just gave me an idea, maybe mojitos. . .

        2. re: Candy
          orangewasabi Jan 23, 2007 01:48 PM

          that sounds really really good. about how long until it turns the dark amber colour?

          1. re: orangewasabi
            Candy Jan 25, 2007 10:49 AM

            Couple of months or so.

        3. MMRuth Jan 23, 2007 11:17 AM

          I've posted a wonderful key lime bundt cake recipe here that was well received - not mine - adapted ... I'll *try* to find a link for you.

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          1. re: MMRuth
            MMRuth Jan 24, 2007 03:06 AM

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... - link to Key Lime Bundt Cake.

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            Hungry Celeste Jan 23, 2007 11:36 AM

            Curd. Easy, keeps a while, and tasty on everything from shortbread to sugar cookies to white or yellow cake layers.

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              ncs821 Jan 23, 2007 11:51 AM

              The best fajitas I've ever had were marinated in plain lime juice. Chicken is also good marinated in it You can actually freeze them whole for use later.

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                Val Jan 23, 2007 11:54 AM

                Epicurious has a great Southwestern Lime chicken recipe with ancho chili sauce in case you have access to a grill at this time of year. The marinade is soy sauce, fresh lime juice and fresh herbs...it's probably our favorite grilled chicken dish right now.

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                  marlie202 Jan 23, 2007 11:56 AM


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                    wallybgood Jan 23, 2007 12:02 PM

                    Agree with alll three suggestions - but my fave is caipirinhas and uses plenty of lime.

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                      Covert Ops Jan 23, 2007 12:30 PM

                      That sounds delish!

                      And to Val, yes we do have access to a grill (we're in Florida) so I will check out the chicken recipe.

                      1. re: Covert Ops
                        Val Jan 23, 2007 12:36 PM

                        Great, I'm in Florida too....I've made the ancho chili sauce and have also tried it using chipotles...we prefer the chipotle chili sauce, not as much fuss as with the dried anchos but either way, it's a great recipe. I always cook down the marinade and serve it along with the grilled chicken.

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