When I started cooking regularly (which was when I got married 8 years ago), I was a no-nonsense cook. Garnish? Bah! Who needs it?! Taste is all that matters, right? :)
Joshua, however, loves to make foods look beautiful. In the years since I started blogging about food, I've realized the importance of making a dish look attractive. Here are some of my tips for garnishing foods!
The obvious: Place a few parsley sprigs on the plate of food (attractively arranged, with the main dish in the middle of the plate).
Aside from getting beautiful grill marks on our Weber Q grill, Joshua recommends fresh coarsely ground black pepper to garnish grilled meats or veggies.
Garnish Mexican food with freshly snipped cilantro or chopped green onions.
Add chopped parsley (dried or fresh) or chives to the butter when making garlic bread for a more colorful appearance.
Sprinkle dried basil or Italian seasoning on top of homemade pizza before baking. After baking, sprinkle with crushed red pepper and/or Parmesan cheese.
Finely shred some carrot or cheese to garnish a lettuce salad.
Garnish a pasta salad with shredded Parmsean cheese.
Use red onion rather than white or yellow for a more attractive presentation.
Sprinkle with parsley flakes, freshly chopped chives, or kosher salt.
Brush beaten egg over bread tops and sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sliced almonds, rolled oats, or wheat bran before baking.
Waffles, french toast, or desserts:
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Top with whipped cream for some extra style and deliciousness! :)
Any tips to add on the topic of beautiful food? :)
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