How to make a potato rose garnish

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How to make a potato rose garnish
Start with potatoes. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Garnishes are any food or decorative item placed on a plate to enhance the appearance of a prepared dish. People don't typically eat garnishes, although they may consume many types of them, if desired. One type of garnish is a rose that you can create from a potato. Although a rose potato looks like a complicated garnish to create, it is actually something even a novice cook can accomplish in no time.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Vegetable scrubber
  • Lint-free towel
  • Cutting board
  • Knife or potato slicer
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Bowl
  • Ice
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpicks (non-coloured)
  • Butter (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wash the potato under cold water and scrub it with a vegetable scrubber to remove all dirt from the surface. Dry the potato with a clean, lint-free cloth.

  2. 2

    Place the potato on a cutting board so that it lays on its side. Cut 1/2 inch from each end using a sharp knife. Discard the ends.

  3. 3

    Slice the potato into 1/8-inch thick slices using a sharp knife or a potato slicer. Make at least 10 to 12 slices for each rose you want to create.

  4. 4

    Fill a pot half-full of water and place it on a stove burner turned to the highest heat setting. When the water boils, place the potato slices into it. Let the potato slices boil for one minute.

  5. 5

    Fill a bowl half-full of water and add 280 to 420 g (2 to 3 cups) of crushed ice. Remove the pot from the stove, scoop out the potato slices and place them in the ice water.

  6. 6

    Scoop the potato slices out of the water and place them on a paper towel. Pat the top of the slices dry with another paper towel.

  7. 7

    Pick up one potato slice and lay it flat at one end of the cutting board. Lay another slice on top of it, overlapping the first by at least half. Continue placing the potato slices one on top of the other in this fashion until you have a row of 10 to 12 slices.

  8. 8

    Grasp the original potato slice in both hands and roll it up and over the next overlapping slice. Continue rolling the potato slices in a tight roll until you reach the end.

  9. 9

    Insert two toothpicks into the base of the potato rose in an "X" shape. This holds the rose together and helps it sit up straight on the plate.

Tips and warnings

  • If desired, brush the potato roses with butter and cook them in an oven at 177 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 45 minutes.

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