Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons!Preserved lemons are a precious ingredient.  They are created by pickling lemons in a heavy brine made from salt and lemon juice.  The product has a unique flavor that is a bit difficult to describe, but when used as an ingredient, contributes a bright, citrus flavor with deep, refined floral overtones.  You see them used in stews, tagines, marinades, soups, and to a lesser extent, in vegetable dishes.  I have never seen preserved lemons served as a side or a garnish; I think the flavor is simply too intense to be considered a reasonable candidate for solo eating.

While not a tremendously common ingredient in other cuisines, preserved lemons are called for in quite a number of Moroccan and Mediterranean recipes.  This created a little bit of a dilemma for us at first, … 

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