Fancy Food Plating
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How to Make A Dinner at Home Look Like Fine Dining

Plate your dinner like a chef and create a fine-dining atmosphere right at home this holiday! Watch Chef Miguel take this dinner to the next level with fancy plating!

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Just because you are staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t turn your dinner into a special occasion. Maybe you don’t feel safe yet dining at a restaurant. Perhaps you want to impress a loved one with a romantic dinner at home. Or, you’re a student on a budget, like the one in this episode of “The Living Room.” Watch as Miguel shows him how to create a mouth-watering chicken ballotine with pea puree and fondant potatoes. 

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How you plate your meal will really sell the fine-dining experience. Forget about cramming your meat, vegetables, and grains together onto one plate. White space here is going to be important. You want to leave enough space so that the food on the plate stands out. However, you’ll want to avoid using a plate that is so huge it dwarfs your entree. Choosing the right-sized plate will really make your presentation stand out. 

Squeeze bottles will be your best friend as far as decorating. You can fill the bottles with dips, sauces, or dressing. For instance, it’s really easy to make a simple pea puree, which helps to really make the plate pop! To make it at home, combine a handful of peas with a tablespoon of butter and a splash of water, and put that in the microwave until it cooks through. Pour the peas into a bowl, add another tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt. With an immersion blender, liquify the peas. (If you do not have an immersion blender you can use a regular blender or food processor). To remove the pea skins, push the liquid through a sift with the back of a ladle over a bowl. 

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Either pour the pea puree into a squeeze bottle or leave it in the bowl. Create an Oreo-sized dollop on the side of your plate, toward the top. Take the back of a spoon and smooth it out, making a comma-shaped design. Voila! 

Similarly, a berry or a chocolate sauce will achieve the same effect if you are plating for dessert. Use the squeeze bottles to add dots of various sizes to a side portion of your plate or surround your focal point, if your meat or entree is in the middle. Utilize items like berries, peas, edamame, and thinly sliced radishes to build texture above the dots and smears.  Have fun with it and if you make a mistake, simply take a damp cloth to remove it. Think of your plate as your canvas and you are the artist. 

For another fun dessert technique, use a lighter to melt the edge of a chocolate bar, and stamp it lightly on your plate in a tic-tac-toe board formation. Place your dessert in the square or in the center of it.

In addition to plating, using a formal tablecloth and cloth napkins with fun, colorful napkin rings, will elevate your usual kitchen table setup. 

Lastly, use fresh ingredients whenever you can. Get a block of parmesan to grate over pasta instead of using the powdered type that comes in a plastic container. Use fresh herbs instead of dried, and choose vegetables that are in season, and don’t come from your freezer drawer. 

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