Food: Home Cookin'22 Dec 2009 11:14 am

For every new dish I try and blog about, there are five familiar old meals I consistently crank out. Some favourites include macaroni and cheese, tostadas, and veggie sandwiches. I will never say I get tired of them – because why else would I make them so often? – but sometimes they do need a bit of livening up.

One of the things I occasionally make is gremolata to zing up mac and cheese. It brightens and lightens the rich cheesy dish, and uses up some stuff I always seem to have in the kitchen: lemons, garlic and parsley. On this occasion I also had some cooked bacon, so I tossed that in too.
bacon gremolata

This recipe is dead simple.

Bacon Gremolata

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons bacon, crumbled

That’s it. Most times, I do not even measure. Mix together, sprinkle. You can omit the bacon, and add more or less of anything to appeal to your taste buds. It is great on pastas, risotto, on meat and fish or even sprinkled on salads.

One Response to “Gremolata: dressing up old favourites”

  1. on 06 Jan 2010 at 9:11 pm A Canadian Foodie

    Now this is my kind of meal. Quick. Bursting with flavour, and healthy. YUM. Vanja hates parsley… can you believe that? I would have NEVER thought of this combination, yet it makes perfect sense! Thanks for connecting the dots! YUM!