Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Lemony Afternoon: Two Recipes

I don't know.
Maybe it's my imagination, but it feels like summer has arrived. The light is warm and lemony, glazing the distant mountains like icing on a pound cake. The air is sticky-hot, and it carries the fragrant smell of charcoal and fresh cut grass. To cool off, we enjoyed drinks and appetizers on the lawn.

Romaine-Prosciutto Wraps

serves 4
8 oz prosciutto
18 thin romaine leaves
1 t stone ground mustard
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
lemon wedges
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 teaspoons rice vinegar
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1/2 cup pancetta, fried and crumbled
1/2 bread crumbs
organic pansies
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make a lemon-garlic vinaigrette: whisk lemon juice, rice vinegar, oil, sugar, and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Fry and crumble pancetta and bacon. Set aside. Wash romaine leaves and pat dry. Salt and pepper each leaf, then drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic-lemon vinaigrette. Into each leaf, add bacon, pancetta, and bread crumbs. Wrap each leave with one strip of prosciutto. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, bacon-pancetta, and more bread crumbs. Garnish with lemon wedges, oregano, and organic pansies.
Place leaves on a baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. Drizzle the remainder of the vinaigrette over the wraps. Serve warm.
This appetizer is one of those weird things in the food world--
it looks odd and doesn't photography well, but it tastes ambrosial.
If you like grilled romaine and/or bacony-things, you'll love this recipe.

A cold, slightly tipsy drink is mandatory on a sticky-hot day.

Harder-than-Hard, Incredibly Light Lemonade

serves 1

2 cups sparkling water
3 packets Splenda
crushed ice
2 jiggers vodka
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
lemon slices
Mix water, Splenda, vodka, and lemon juice. Add ice and lemon slices.
Garnish with an edible flower.

Here's a peek at tomorrow's post for Tartan Day.

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  1. Can't wait to try the recipes, they sound yummy!
    Your surroundings are breathtaking.

    Mary L

  2. This looks sooooooo good and so pretty. Can't wait to try the wraps. Hugs, Marty

  3. Oh my gosh how to you DO that?

    You create MAGIC!!!!

    Have fun with your Tartan Day! Looks awesome!


  4. I'll have one (or two) of each please! Love your picnic shot, the colors are beautiful:@)

  5. Lemon and bacon. That sounds divine. A mix of salty and tart. I have copied and pasted these recipes. I gotta try that drink because I love me some hard lemonade. Your tartan picnic is just breathtaking. I can't wait to see the close-ups. Hope your weekend if a good one. Ours is wet - again. :(

  6. I will take 2 please. They sound yummy. Will pass on the hard lemonade, as I just poured a glass of wine. :D

  7. This looks so good and what a perfect setting. Thanks so much for following my blog. I started following yours before I ever started mine. Love your gorgeous home.

  8. I know exactly what you mean about it being a lemony time! Last night we made lemon cupcakes! These recipes look fabulous.

  9. HI! Thanks so much for the PRINTABLE recipes, I have printed both. The appy sounds fabulous and I will love the drink. XO, Pinky

  10. I know! I was just looking at my backyard. All the trees are in full leaves, everything is green.

  11. Love anything lemony! The wraps are very unique ~ look forward to trying them. The drink sounds so light and refreshing. Thanks so much for sharing!

    You have the perfect space to enjoy being outside. It's way too warm here for this early.


  12. We're definitely thinking along the same lines - my uber delish lemon cupcakes will be posted this week!

  13. Romaine..prosciutto..mmmmm We need to try this this week ..when the kids are back in school and its just the 3 of us..Scooby,Jeff, n myself. Have a great week. Thanks for the tip on reading material..theres YOU and Sarah A Allen., Sue M Kidd...but the other 30 ish books, I read lately..good, but not as muchfor my taste. Hurry Teenie!Huggs, Sunnny109 (Dianna)

  14. Excellent recipes, I will try the prociutto wraps this week. Great blog you've got here.