One of the simplest ways to make your recipes and meals feel more gourmet is to give a little extra attention to how you cut and prep your ingredients. The way you cut food affects not only the final presentation, but also how the ingredient incorporates into the recipe and the balance of flavors. For instance, citrus fruit can often be very bitter due to the white pith around the outside of the flesh so the best way to fix is this is to “supreme” the fruit.
“To supreme a citrus fruit is to remove the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds, and to separate its segments. Used as a noun, a supreme can be a wedge of citrus fruit prepared in this way.”
While it may sound fancy or even a bit painstaking, this technique is actually quite simple but looks beautiful while also improving the flavor of most citrus fruits, since it eliminates the bitter pith. To help understand and execute this impressive yet practical skill, we’ve created a video demonstration!
For easy reference, please also find the step-by-step guide to supreming below:
- Gather your citrus fruit of choice, a small paring knife, a cutting board, and a bowl for the supremes
- Cut off the top and bottom off of the citrus
- Cut down the sides of the fruit to remove the zest and pith, leaving as much of the fruit intact as possible
- Run the pairing knife down the sides of the exposed membranes, cutting out wedges or “supremes” of the fruit
Now that you have your beautiful supremes, you can add them to salads, garnish dishes, drop into your tea or cocktail, or try out one of our favorite ways!
To make our Crab, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad
Supreme two grapefruits and slice two avocados. Keep about half of the supremes and avocado slices whole for garnish, but chop the remaining half and toss with 1 cup of fresh crab meat. Season with 1 tablespoon of chives (feel free to substitute scallions) plus salt and pepper.
Plate a scoop of the salad on the plate and garnish with supremes and avocado slices. Alternatively, serve the salad in butter lettuce cups or crostini for fast, light, and delicious party appetizer!
Leftover grapefruit and avocado?
Make great toppings for Greek yogurt in the morning or as a late night snack! Pair with pecans and honey for extra crunch and sweetness.
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