Once a year, for a few short weeks, Meyer lemons invade Rhode Island. When that happens, I buy as many as I can find in my local supermarket. Right away, my husband Ted makes a batch of lemon curd, which he eats, with a spoon, directly from the jar, with the happiest of smiles on his face. We try to use the rest of the Meyer lemons many different ways, taking advantage of their unique flavor that blends lemon with Mandarin orange, and treating them gently. Roasted vegetables with a creamy Meyer lemon dip (you can substitute orange for the lemons) makes a delightful appetizer or the main course of a light lunch. All of the dip ingredients, except the lemons, come straight from the pantry.
Roasted vegetables with creamy Meyer lemon dipping sauce
Serves 4; can be doubled.
For the dipping sauce:
1/3 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellmanns)
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon (or orange)
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
Kosher salt, to taste
For the roasted vegetables:
2 cups broccoli florets
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 large yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into 2-inch pieces
2-3 tsp olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
Preheat oven to 425°F.
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dipping sauce ingredients. Set aside.
Place the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with the olive oil, and some salt and pepper. With your hands, toss all together to make sure the vegetables are evenly coated.
Roast for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through and starting to brown lightly. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the vegetables cool for 5 minutes.
Set the vegetables on individual serving plates, surrounding small bowls of dipping sauce. Serve at room temperature.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Meyer lemon chicken, from Never Enough Thyme
Meyer lemon pizza, from Weekly Dish
Meyer lemon pork rolls, from Local Kitchen
Meyer lemon frozen yogurt, from Healthy Green Kitchen
Meyer lemon scones, from Farmgirl Fare
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