The Adorable Way Giada De Laurentiis Serves Lemon Risotto

It happens every spring. Lemons start making their way onto our tables and into nearly every recipe we serve up for brunches and special occasions. The lemony taste and scent of this fruit inspires and enhances the flavor of some of our favorite foods, complementing both savory and sweet dishes alike. Whether you are making lemonade or lemon meringue pie, there is just something refreshing about the zesty and tangy taste of lemon that gets us excited for the season. Per Statista, 888,000 tons of lemons were produced in 2018 in the United States; translation, we like them, a lot, and we are in good company. 

Giada De Laurentiis is also a fan of the lemon. In an interview with Cooking Light, De Laurentiis shared that this fruit is one of her must-have kitchen ingredients, "You're probably thinking I would say garlic or olive oil, but for me, it's lemons." The celebrity chef went on to explain, that she uses the juice in a variety of light dishes, which makes a lot of sense if you follow her recipes that include everything from lemon spaghetti to lemon chicken to her lemon ricotta cookies. De Laurentiis clearly likes lemons. She likes them so much, that she has even come up with an adorable way to incorporate them when she serves-up her lemon risotto.

De Laurentiis uses her lemons as cups

The cookbook author and co-star of the limited series Bobby and Giada in Italytook to her Giadzy Instagram (where the profile picture just happens to be a lemon) to share her creative and entertaining tip, writing: "The cutest way to serve up risotto for any spring affairs... inside of a lemon cup." You should definitely check out the recipe, but De Laurentiis also demonstrates in the video post how easy it is to hollow out your lemons by scooping out the fleshy fruit, which you should save for a later use, to create these bright colored lemon cups. Once all the fruit has been removed, she fills them with her creamy risotto and it looks ah-mazingly delicious.

Her followers clearly agreed and were equally impressed. One typed, "The only problem I see is the little cups don't hold enough yummy risotto!" While another shared, "Beautiful and different way to serve (and eat) an Italian delicatesse." We couldn't agree more. These lemon cups are so clever, they will definitely be the focal point of your meal. So, get to scooping and in the immortal words of De Laurentiis, "Mangia!"