In this Barefoot Contessa video, learn to make Ina Garten’s Lemon Curd. Follow these steps to create this curd to dollop over a slice of any lemon cake.
1. Using a carrot peeler, remove the zest of 3 lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and pulse until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar.
2. Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.
3. Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The lemon curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.
Giada starts by showing how to butterfly a chicken breast. She seasons the divided chicken breasts with salt and fresh ground black pepper before dredging them in all-purpose flour until lightly coated. Giada adds extra virgin olive oil and a couple tablespoons of butter to a pan set over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted the pan is ready for the chicken to be added. The thinly sliced breasts will cook in about four to five minutes. For the piccata sauce, Giada mixes a cup of low-sodium chicken stock with the juice of a whole lemon and rinsed-off capers. She pulls the chicken breasts out of the pan, then adds the sauce mixture to the pan and scrapes up all the bits, which is called deglazing. She adds the chicken to the sauce, where the flour from the coating will help thicken it. Giada again removes the chicken from the pan and adds two more tablespoons of butter to the pan. Finally, she pours the sauce over the chicken.
Ina Garten shares her simple recipe for the Lemon Drop cocktail. The first ingredient is two cups of vodka. She adds half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a quarter cup of super-fine sugar, then whisks it together. She adds slices of lemon to the pitcher then puts it in the freezer to chill. She serves it in martini glasses.