mise en placeLemon Zest
for chicken picatta





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Lauren McElroy


A term used to describe the scraping of the outer skin (or rind) of citrus fruits. This results in the zest which is best used to add intense citrus flavor to a dish. The best way to zest a citrus fruit is using a zester which you can usually find at specialy cooking supply stores - see picture at left. Alternatetively, a vegetable peeler may be used to take off the outer rind, and then may be thinly sliced once the pith (white part) has been removed.

Be sure not to zest the pith (white part of citrus rinds) as it is very bitter.

Lemon Zest is a cooking term mentioned in my Chicken Picatta over Angel Hair pasta recipe.

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