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?