Valerie Bertinelli's Lemon Lovers' Recipes

It's no secret that Valerie Bertinelli loves lemons! Here are her best lemon-inspired recipes, both sweet and savory, from Valerie's Home Cooking.

Baked Branzino with Citrus Gremolata

This branzino is baked in a mixture of olive oil, salt, and pepper, and is topped with a gremolata and slices of lemons and oranges. 

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Lemon Love Cake

Valerie doctors up boxed lemon cake mix and instant lemon pudding with a layer of creamy ricotta and mascarpone to create her famous Lemon Love Cake.

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Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake

Layer lemon-cheesecake filling with blueberry mash, crushed amaretti cookies and lemon curd in a clear martini glass for a visually stunning dessert.

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Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon-Rosemary Shortbread Crust

Valerie uses her lemon-rosemary shortbread cookies as the crust in this cheesecake recipe, which includes cream cheese, sour cream, lemon curd and fresh lemon for extra tang.

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Tart Lemon Tiramisu

Lemon curd and limoncello bring a bright flavor to this classic Italian dessert making it perfect for warm weather entertaining.

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Lemon-Basil Granita

These super-elegant desserts are inexpensive and incredibly easy to make. Valerie makes hers with the fresh flavors of lemon and basil, and she adds a splash of vodka for kick.

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Challah Bread Pudding with Limoncello

The light, eggy quality of challah bread pairs perfectly with the lemony custard in this indulgent bread pudding.

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Valerie's Homemade Limoncello

You only need four ingredients (lemons, vodka, water and sugar) to make limoncello at home. With a bit of patience you'll have a drink that's better than store-bought.

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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

This classic Greek chicken soup is thickened with eggs and flavored with lemon juice. A touch of dill adds a nice herbal note.

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Crispy Pancetta Crostini with Arugula-Lemon Pesto

This simple appetizer starts with frying pancetta slices, which top homemade arugula-lemon pesto spread on toasted slices of baguette.

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Lemon Moscow Mule

Valerie's Moscow Mule recipe uses her homemade limoncello. Vodka and ginger beer round out the drink.

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Berries with Limoncello and Basil

Update your fruit salad by soaking berries in a shot of limoncello and garnishing with fresh basil.

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Lemon-Dijon Potato Salad

Valerie's quick and easy potato salad is tossed in a lemon-and-Dijon mustard vinaigrette and can be served warm or at room temperature.

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LOL Martini

For a triple citrus kick try this cocktail made with lemon vodka, limoncello and orange liqueur. Valerie rims the glasses in citrus zest and sugar.

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Blueberry Cake with Lemon-Mascarpone Cream

Lemon juice and zest add zing to this simple blueberry cake in the batter and the cream.

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Grilled Citrus Lemonade

Grilling lemons, limes and oranges brings out their inherent sweetness and adds a unique smoky flavor to this beverage. Vodka is an optional addition.

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