Four Meyer Lemons
November 21, 2016 7:42 AM   Subscribe

My coworker just brought me four huge meyer lemons. What should I do with them??

I wanted to make limoncello but I'm guessing four isn't enough. I don't typically cook with lemons a lot, and know nothing about these big juicy lemons. Gimme all your recipes! No diet restriction.
posted by monologish to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A Lemon Custard Soufflé made with Meyer lemons is pretty damn tasty, and it shows off the special qualities of the Meyer lemons beautifully. The "custard soufflé" style isn't as fiddly as a proper soufflé, so that helps too.

When converting this recipe from conventional lemons to Meyer lemons, you may want to reduce the sugar a smidge.
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:48 AM on November 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

They make amazing marmalade (also amazing jalapeno marmalade, which can later be used to make a really great sweet and sour sauce, and it's also incredibly good on baked brie).

Also, it's curd season. Here's my favorite recipe - I do the slow-cooker version.
posted by Lyn Never at 7:52 AM on November 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

huh. so maybe this is a thing (mention of jalapeño marmelade above) - your post reminded me of this recipe which is on my todo list and you could adapt (basically, double up).
posted by andrewcooke at 7:53 AM on November 21, 2016

Make lemonade?

Seriously, they make great lemonade. Juice, water, ice, sprinkle of sugar and rock it in a cocktail shaker.
posted by humboldt32 at 7:57 AM on November 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

Add some simple syrup and Amaretto and your have the makings of 8 Amaretto Sours. I've never made them with Meyers Lemons, but I'd try it if I had your lemons.
posted by COD at 8:42 AM on November 21, 2016

If you like white fish, something like this is a good use for one. They make good vinaigrettes. And they pair nicely with olives and chicken.
posted by Candleman at 9:24 AM on November 21, 2016

You can freeze the juice in ice cube trays and use an lemon cube's worth whenever you need lemon juice for something. Use with nearly anything that calls for lemon or vinegar.

Oh, and candy the peels!
posted by aniola at 9:41 AM on November 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

Also you can drop a lemon cube in water to make water with lemon.
posted by aniola at 9:44 AM on November 21, 2016

Pickled Peppers! I've made this recipe many times and it's fantastic.
posted by youknowwhatpart at 10:11 AM on November 21, 2016

You can definitely make limoncello with 4 lemons, you just need to do the "Suspended extraction" technique rather than the "Soak vodka in zest" technique.
Steps detailed here
posted by CrystalDave at 10:16 AM on November 21, 2016 [5 favorites]

I love to use Meyer lemons roasted with veggies. Basically slice pretty thinly into rounds, toss with whatever veggies you like + olive oil, salt, and herbs, and roast until everything is tender. Meyers are more tender and less tart than regular lemons, so they sort of caramelize and get super juicy and amazing. Just be sure to get out any seeds before you toss with everything else.
posted by rainbowbrite at 11:20 AM on November 21, 2016 [4 favorites]

I loooove Meyer lemons so I asked this question a few years ago.
They make beautiful preserved lemons, which last FOREVER.
posted by exceptinsects at 11:20 AM on November 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

Shaker Lemon Pie
posted by ananci at 11:22 AM on November 21, 2016 [3 favorites]

Quarter and thinly slice. Cook on a pan with a little bit of sugar and water to make a nice glaze for fish. Use the juice and zest with brown butter to make a subtle sauce for pasta and veggies.
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 11:58 AM on November 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

Once I made lemon cookies with Meyer lemons, using whatever fairly flat and simple lemon cookie recipe off the internet, and filled them with Meyer-lemon-infused cookie cream filling to make Meyer lemon sandwich questions.

This was four or five years ago and I still get "Remember those lemon cookies?" on a semi-regular basis. "You'll let me know if you ever make more, right?" But mostly it's just a wistful "Remember those? They were the best cookies I've ever had in my life..."
posted by kmennie at 10:05 AM on November 22, 2016

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