#MediterraneanMonday - Lemon Recipes


The Mediterranean diet is widely considered the cleanest, healthiest and most balanced in the world. Rather than relying on faddy trends and unsustainable eating habits, the Mediterranean approach relies on the quality of natural products, seasonality and the freshness of ingredients. It promotes health from the inside out.

Lemons 

Lemons are as tasty and nutritious; they contain many essential vitamins and nutrients.Given their healthful benefits, we've created a Mediterranean three-course meal with lemons. 

 

Starter: Lemon and Ricotta Tortellini with Lime Butter 

Ingredients:

(for 6 servings) 

For the tortellini:

150g flour

150g Durum wheat semolina flour

10 egg yolks

3 tbsp olive oil 

salt 

For the filling and sauce: 

300g buffalo ricotta cheese

50g grated Parmesan cheese

2 lemons

3 limes 

1 egg yolk

200g butter

 

Method:

1. Begin by making the pasta dough. Whisk both flours and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and olive oil.

2. Carefully whisk all the ingredients and gradually combine until a smooth, compact mixture appears. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest for 30 minutes.

3. For the filling, mix the ricotta cheese with grated lemon and lime zest, then add the Parmesan and the egg yolk. Season it with salt and pepper and put it in a cool place.

4. Roll the dough either by hand or through a pasta roller to 2-3mm-thick sheets. Using a circular 3-inch cutter, cut out pasta rounds.

5. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling into the centre of each pasta round. Moisten the edges with water and fold over tightly into a half-moon shape, taking care to remove any air pockets.

6. Draw the corners together, pinch and seal. Toss the completed tortellini in a little flour so it doesn’t stick.

7. Cook the tortellini in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Heat butter in a pan with a squeeze of fresh lime and grated lime zest. Lightly toss the tortellini in the butter, then serve hot. Garnish with a grating of Parmesan and fresh basil to taste.

 

Main: Escalope with Lemon - Scaloppine al Limone 

Ingredients: 

800g thinly sliced veal breast

1 lemon

1 garlic clove

flour

extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp butter

salt

pepper

parsley

 

Method: 

1. Start by placing the slices of veal breast between two sheets of parchment paper and beat using a meat pounder. Flour the slices on both sides and cook them evenly over a high heat, in a saucepan with the garlic, oil and butter.

2. Grate the lemon zest and keep aside for the topping. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice, filtered through a strainer, over the escalopes. Season with salt and pepper, then lower the heat and continue cooking for a few minutes.

3. Serve the lemon escalopes with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper, grated lemon zest and parsley to taste. 

 

Dessert: Amalfi Lemon Tart 

 

Ingredients: 

Pastry:

250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

75g icing sugar, sifted

180g unsalted butter, chilled

2 egg yolks 

1 egg, beaten

 

Lemon Filling: 

5 lemons, preferably Amalfi lemons

300g caster sugar

300g unsalted butter, chilled

6 eggs

9 egg yolks 

 

Method: 

1. Begin by making the pastry. Blitz the flour, sugar and butter together in a food processor, pulsing until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks and blitz again for 10 seconds to combine, then transfer the mixture to a bowl and bring together by hand to form a dough. Cover the bowl with cling film and transfer to the fridge to rest for 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the lemons for the filling. Grate the zest from all 5 lemons into a bowl and set aside, then juice the lemons into a separate bowl. Measure out 150ml of the lemon juice and discard the rest. 

3. Once rested, lightly dust a clean surface with flour and evenly roll out the pastry. Press the pastry into the tart tin and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Once rested, place a piece of baking parchment on top of the pastry and fill with baking beans. Blind bake the tart case in the oven for 15–20 minutes until golden in colour, then remove the paper and baking beans and continue to bake for a further 5 minutes.

5. Remove the tart case from the oven and, using the beaten egg as an egg wash, brush the pastry evenly all over to seal. Return to the oven to bake for a final 5 minutes, then set aside and leave to cool a little.

6. To make the filling, combine the lemon zest, juice, butter and sugar in a large, heavy-based pan and place over a low heat. Gently melt the butter, stirring well until the sugar has fully dissolved.

7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and yolks until well combined. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the custard mixture thickens – take care not to let the custard boil as this will cause the eggs to curdle. Pour the filling into the tart case and lightly shake the tin to create a smooth, even surface

8. Turn on the grill and, once hot, place the tart under it and allow it to cook until the surface begins to lightly char. Leave the tart to cool and set, then slice into even pieces and serve. 

 

In the same way that eating lemons promotes good health from the inside out, we also promote good skin from the outside in by applying Lemon topically. The following products contain Lemon: