Crisp Lemon Zest

By Kristen Flanagan

Gardening editor Stephen Orr adds lightly fried lemon zest to salads and pasta dishes. Frying zest gives it a crisp texture and a caramelized flavor. Simply use a vegetable peeler to remove the rind of 2 lemons; then slice the peels into thin matchsticks. Place 1/4 inch oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add zest to hot oil; cook about 3 seconds. Strain oil before serving, or use oil and zest together in a marinade or dressing.

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