Monday, March 29, 2010

How to Make a Strawberry Fan Garnish

A strawberry fan is such a pretty garnish and they are really much easier to make than you think!

How to Make a Strawberry Fan Garnish

Strawberries are in season now - these below were some from Dover, Florida that The Cajun recently brought home for me. Aren't they gorgeous? And they are so sweet and delicious this year.

Strawberry fans are so simple to make and look so pretty as a garnish for any strawberry dish like this dessert, or this dessert, for instance. {Helps a little bit with the photography too for light colored desserts!}

Leave the stem intact, or scoop it out and substitute a sprig of mint in place of it. Very simple, yet very elegant. Give one a try! Grab some mint from the garden, a nice blemish free strawberry, and a good sharp paring knife. The only Wusthof knives I own is a fantastic 3-piece paring knife set my daughter in law got for me from my wish list at Christmas. I use these knives several times daily, and highly recommend them for everybody.

Grab the berry by the stem with one hand, and with the other hand, use the paring knife to cut slices into the length of the strawberry - somewhere between 5 and 7 slices or so, depending on the size of the berry. Take care not to cut all the way through to the top. You want to stop slicing just short of the very cap of the strawberry.

Lay the knife flat across the cuts and very gently press down, so that the strawberry spreads.

Leave the stem intact if you like, or a sprig of mint looks really pretty also, so if you'd like to use that, gather the fan back up and remove the stem from the strawberry. 

Using the paring knife, very carefully drill out a hole for the stem of the mint.

Stick the mint garnish on top and press the stem of the mint gently into the top of the strawberry. Spread the fan out again and garnish.

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Posted by on March 29, 2010
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