You can turn a basic, boring apple into a decorative checkerboard-inspired garnish with just a few cuts. Use a fancy apple garnish to enhance a fruit or cheese-and-cracker appetizer tray, or a dessert platter. Cutting an apple into a creative shape is also an ideal way to entice a child to eat the healthy fruit. If you're planning a child's birthday party, cut several apples into whimsical shapes and serve them with a caramel or yoghurt dipping sauce.
Rinse an apple thoroughly with cool water to remove bacteria or pesticide residue. Dry the apple with a paper towel.
Set the bottom of the apple on a cutting board. Use a sharp paring knife to cut a thick wedge off of the side of the apple, making sure to avoid any core.
Score the apple peel with three evenly spaced vertical cuts using the paring knife. Next, score the peel with four evenly spaced horizontal cuts, to form equal 1-inch squares.
Create a red and white checkerboard pattern on the apple's surface by peeling off every other square. Insert the pointed tip of a sharp knife just under the apple's skin and gently pry it up to remove. Use a toothpick to remove any small, leftover bits of peel.