Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mandoline Discovery

Wow. I just discovered the magic of the mandoline. If you’re not familiar, a mandoline is a cooking utensil used for slicing efficiently. I’d purchased a Benriner Asian Mandoline based on a recommendation from a chef friend at least a year ago, but hadn’t gotten around to using it. My friend likes this brand because it’s thin, small, and very sharp. I loved it! It was like magic. Tired of wrestling baby carrots to chop? Need to slice an apple fast? Don’t feel like cooking radishes, beets or a fennel bulb? Try a mandoline! They’re very easy to use I haven’t worked with all these things yet, but I did make a kick ass salad.

That’s apple, celery, fennel sliced very thinly, a few salad greens and parsley, and a lemony vinaigrette with a few shavings of Parmesan cheese. I made this on New Year’s Day for some friends. This would be delicious for brunch with eggs, lunch with soup or dinner with anything! I could also see tossing it with some cous cous and shrimp and calling that dinner. Yum!

Do you have  a favorite cooking tool of the moment?

 

4 Responses to “Mandoline Discovery”

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    Janet — January 5, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    My favorite kitchen tool ever is my flat whisk. Love it!

    • Annakate replied: — January 6th, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      Ok, you’ll have to tell me about a flat whisk. I’ve never used one!!

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    Phil — January 13, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Hey, I dont know if you remember this but a long long time ago you recommended a mandoline to me when I was trying to find a gift for Amy (reference ‘fancy cooking stuff’ from the surprisewatkins email sept 2010). Needless to say she loved it and there is no better way to get a consistent slice thickness on starchy white potatoes to ensure every bite of our cheese potato casserole is cooked appropriately.

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