You've got some fresh mandarin oranges. Now, what do you do with these oranges? Continue below to discover 5 delicious mandarin orange recipes you have to try!
With mandarin orange popularity on the rise, it's pretty likely you have a few in your fruit bowl. But you also don't need a newspaper article to explain the popularity of mandarin oranges. They're just delicious and easy to grow.
But did you know they can also be used in a ton of scrumptious citrus recipes?
Here are 5 mouth-watering mandarin orange recipes that are sure to make you a star come dinner time.
1. Mandarin Orange Curd
While the word curd might give you pause, it shouldn't. Fruit curds are delicious fruit spreads that are super simple to make.
For mandarin orange curd, you only need four ingredients. You'll need mandarin oranges (duh!), eggs, sugar, and butter.
You'll need to juice about six oranges. In the meantime, get a saucepan of water boiling. While you wait on that, mix your eggs and sugar with a whisk and add your mandarin orange juice.
Place the mixing bowl in the boiling water and beat the heck out of it. After it's reached about 170 degrees, take it off the heat, and whisk in your butter.
Then you just need to put it in storage containers, let it cool, and refrigerate it for a few hours. Nothing more to it than that!
2. Baby Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad
You don't even have to cook for this one.
You'll need some oranges, baby spinach, red onions, orange marmalade, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. All there is to this is to whisk the marmalade and vinegar together. Pour the olive oil into the mixture while still whisking.
Other than that, you'll just need to slice your onions and oranges. Arrange the spinach on a plate, mix in the oranges and onions, and then apply the dressing to your liking.
3. Chinese Chicken Salad
This salad requires a little more prep, but it's worth it. You can also follow your gut on ingredients.
Try starting with napa and red cabbage as the base. Beyond that, you can add whatever classic Chinese food ingredients you prefer. Try water chestnuts, carrots, scallions, and mandarin oranges of course.
In this case, you'll want canned oranges. For the chicken, it's just a simple 13-15 minute bake with boneless chicken breasts. After those are done, chop them up to manageable portions.
For the dressing, mix some soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and any number of spices. Garlic, ginger, and chili sauce are a good start. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and top with toasted sliced almonds.
4. Mandarin Orange Cake
This can be done with a regular store-bought yellow cake mix. Do what you'd normally do, but mix in a can of mandarin oranges with the juice.
After the cake is done, you'll need frosting. For this, mix together 8 oz. of Cool Whip, a can of crushed pineapple, and a small package of instant vanilla pudding.
Between the zest of the mandarin oranges and the tangy bite of the pineapple frosting, you can't go wrong.
5. Mandarin Orange Ambrosia Pudding
All you'll need for the base of this is instant vanilla pudding. Mix that together according to the directions and then add in your other ingredients.
You'll want to add honey, grated orange peel, and vanilla. After that, fold in the whipped cream.
Finally, layer the concoction in individual dessert dishes. Start with half the pudding, then add banana slices, coconut shreds, sliced almonds, and of course mandarin oranges. Repeat the layers and you'll have a delicious treat.
Mandarin Orange Recipes Anyone Can Make
And just like that you know 5 mandarin orange recipes that are sure to be a hit! Try these out at parties or family gatherings and they're sure to impress.
Now that you're ready to cook with mandarin oranges, what if you tried growing them yourself? If you want to try your hand at supplying your own ingredients, try growing your own calamondin tree!