Orangettes

Once in a while I get really into citrus. 

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You know where this is going right?

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Yeah buddy!

Composting your peels is great, but here’s an even better way to use them…

Orangettes (v, gf)

Ingredients:

  • orange/tangelo peels (1 orange & 1 tangelo)
  • dark chocolate (Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% cacao)
  • 1 tbsp sugar (NuNatural’s NuStevia pure extract)

Directions:

Peel your orange/tangelo. 

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*In case you’re not familiar with the tangelo, it’s a hybrid of a tangerine and a pomelo (or a grapefruit).  They have a tangerine taste, but are very juicy.  Tangelos also tend to have looser skin and are thus easier to peel than oranges.  They are easily distinguished from oranges by a characteristic "nose" at the top of the fruit (see above).

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Once you’ve peeled them, thoroughly remove all the white pulp and slice them into thin strips. 

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Boil them in water for 10 minutes, drain, and add cold water.  Repeat this boil and blanch method for a total of 3 times. 

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Finally simmer the peels in sugar water for ~45 minutes (or until the peels look transparent).  I used NuNaturals’ stevia rather than sugar, which worked well because the sweet flavor cut through any remaining acidity from the citrus.

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This isn’t exactly a professional chef setup, but you do what you can do, right?  I thought I was pretty clever for managing to balance my baking cooling rack in the sink – allowing the peels to drip without dirtying the counter as they dried out. 

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They took a fairly long time to dry, but eventually (a few hours later) they were ready for the chocolate. 

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I melted two squares and then things got very messy…

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I am sure there’s some really fancy shmancy tool just for glazing chocolate on orange peels…but let’s be real, I used a wine bottle as a rolling pin this past weekend…clearly this was a make-it-work kind of project.

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For the record, I am totally ok with kicking excess chocolate off my fingers.

After dipping each peel piece into the melted chocolate, I set it on tin foil and then put it in the fridge to set.  Yum!  Way better than compost, that’s for sure :)

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