Serious Eats: Talk
Lemon makes savory foods taste sweet?
I've tried a number of savory recipes where lemon zest is included, most recently a chicken and kale baked pasta from this site. I'm pretty sure that the lemon is supposed to "brighten" flavors, but to me it always tastes intolerably sweet, almost as though I've added sugar. Does anyone else have this issue? Am I doing something wrong? I've never noticed this with a restaurant dish, and I assume the restaurants use lemon from time to time. (Oh, and in the case of the chicken/kale pasta, I used 1/2 the amount of lemon called for, because I was suspicious of this.)
Mostly wondering if I have really out-of-whack taste buds, and I'd appreciate any suggestions (other than, "Well, don't use the lemon!")