Citrus Carpaccio is really a fancy name for a very thinly sliced citrus salad. Drizzled with a lovely yuzu dressing with a touch of heat, this is a fantastic winter citrus appetizer.
How beautiful is this!? It’s almost like a painting.
Citrus varieties can taste and look so different from each other. And I just love how they all look together on a plate.
What is Carpaccio?
- Carpaccio is actually an Italian meat dish.
- Served raw, the protein is very thinly sliced or pounded.
- Traditionally, Carpaccio is drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, with capers and onions.
- Carpaccio is most often served as an appetizer.
So I’ve really just stolen the name because I’ve sliced the citrus so thinly — which actually makes a difference not only in presentation, but also in taste.
What’s in this recipe?
- Yuzu juice
- lime zest
- jalapeño pepper
- blood orange
I made a tasty sauce with the Yuzu and jalapeños, and drizzled it over the citrus appetizer. It’s the perfect amount of sweet, tang and heat.
What is Yuzu?
- Yuzu is another citrus variety. Cultivated primarily in Asia, the fruit is very fragrant, sour and tart, with overtones of Mandarin orange.
- It’s not a fruit you’d eat on its own. It’s used for its zest to flavor sauces and dressings.
- It looks like a small grapefruit with slightly uneven skin and can be either yellow or green depending on the degree of ripeness.
What to serve with Citrus Carpaccio
It would also be great with Simple Honey-Lemon Roasted Chicken.
And here’s a crazy idea . . . . what if you added it to vanilla bean ice cream!? Delicious!
A few more citrus appetizers to tempt you:
- Spicy Honey Citrus Salad
- Colorful Carrot Citrus Salad
- Pickled Ginger-Citrus with Creamy Wasabi Dressing
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
Winter Citrus Carpaccio
- 2 tablespoons Yuzu juice
- zest of 1/2 lime
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- about 1/2 of a small jalapeño, very thinly sliced in rings, seeds removed
- 1 Ruby Grapefruit
- 1 Naval orange
- 1 blood orange
- a few basil leaves
- In a very small sauté pan, over low-medium heat, warm the Yuzu juice with the lime zest and sugar. Cook just to dissolve the sugar, about 30 seconds. Add the thinly sliced jalapeño and let this come to room temperature while you prepare the fruit.
- To prepare the fruit, use a paring knife to cut about 1/2-inch off the top and bottom of the citrus.
- Remove the skin by setting the fruit down on one of the flat surfaces and use the knife, moving downwards into the fruit and cutting only slightly into the flesh.
- Then cut very thin round slices and cut those in half. (Save the remaining parts of the grapefruits and juice them -- simply to have on hand!)
- Arrange the fruit with the basil leaves in a circular pattern on two plates, and drizzle each serving with the Yuzu-Jalapeño sauce.
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