an abundance of citrus (but no lemons)
I just received a lovely box of tangerines, oranges and grapefruit. I can only eat so much out of hand and would love to use them either in main dishes or desserts.
I don't eat much meat and do not like chocolate and fruit together. What are you best suggestions given these parameters? TIA
Sponge cake is something that nicely highlights good fresh citrus flavors--the one I make is not too sweet, and calls for a combination of juice and rind that really comes through nicely against the subtle backdrop of the cake. (Cheesecake is similar--recently made a really nice tangerine cheesecake with some rind and a little bit of the juice)
Also, not sure if you include fish with meat or not, but sliced up citrus broiled with fish and herbs can make for endless easy, quick, impromptu combinations!
First of all, citrus in the fridge keeps for months. Last June I finished the last of some Christmas oranges and they were still good.
The only exception is very fragile thin-skinned citrus. Those will only keep about 2 weeks at most.
Fresh orange jello is simple and great ... 2 cups juice ... 1 pkg gelatin ... sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup of juice ... bring the other cup to a boil ... add to gelatin mixture and stir ... add sugar to taste if desired ... chill ... jello.
Here's a topic about grapefruit cake
Another topic with some grapefruit ideas
Last year the clementine cake was the rage on chowhound. Other citrus can be substituted. One of many threads about clementine cake.
From Chow - Orange & jicama salad
Honestly, I find that there's nothing better in the morning than fresh-squeezed orange/tangerine juice. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
You can use them to make a granita. I think that grapefruit/champagne granita would be yummy.
I've also heard of baking grapefruit with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, but have never tried it myself.
I would think that oranges would make a good companion to roasted beets. Maybe a reduced orange sauce with beets? Or a salad made from fennel and beets topped with an orange vinaigrette and some goat cheese? Add some toasted almonds in there?
In salads would be great. Here are some of my favorite combos:
oranges, blanched asparagus, roasted beets, hazelnuts
tangerines, butter lettuce, avocado, hazelnuts
oranges, jicama, radish, cucumber
Southeast Asian one from Hot Sour Salty Sweet...grapefruit, romaine, peanuts, cucumber, fresh mint, coconut
My in-laws just gave me some grapefruit from Costco and they were great...very juicy and sweet. A simple and light dessert is fresh grapefruit segments dressed w/ prunes hydrated in a red wine reduction syrup (add sugar to reduction to taste). You can also make the Persian dessert of oranges w/ orange blossom water.
Below is a photo of some grapefruit that I served for breakfast this weekend w/ some popovers. Plumped up the currants w/ the grapefruit juice over heat w/ some sugar before pouring over fresh grapefruit segments...