AJAR.id – Hello Ajarian! Garnishing is the addition of items to the individual plate, take-away container or platter of sandwiches to enhance presentation and make the sandwiches visually more appealing.
The role of the garnish is to supplement the sandwiches, not dominate them.
For this reason, less is more. The two standard requirements are that all garnishes should be edible and be of high quality.
Examples of garnishes:
Edible flowers can be added to platters. Radishes may be carved into rose and chrysanthemum shapes and added to platters. Spring onion tassels may also be prepared. These should be kept in chilled water prior to use to maintain optimum appearance and quality. Remember though that the preparation of garnishes takes time and therefore adds expense to the sandwiches.
For this reason, basic and easily prepared garnishes are preferable with the more time-consuming and intricate garnishes (such as carved fruit and vegetables) reserved for more up-market occasions where the price merits such time and products.
The following can be added as a garnish where a green color is required: asparagus, cucumber, parsley, celery, gherkins, lettuce, and green peppers.
Where a white garnish is needed you can choose from: cottage or cream cheese, cucumbers, white cabbage (shredded).
A red garnish is available via: beetroot, cherries, cherry tomatoes, pimento, radishes, strawberries, tomatoes.
Yellow garnishes can be made from: cheese, egg yolk, grated lemon rind.
Fruit is also appropriate to add as a garnish. Options include apple, pear, grapes, kiwi fruit, orange, lemon, and strawberry.
- Carrot curl
The following steps can be used to produce a carrot curl suitable as a garnish:
- Wash and peel carrot
- Remove thin strip of carrot with vegetable peeler
- Roll strip of carrot into a curl
- Secure with toothpick
- Place in iced water
Eye appeal is buying appeal. Customers eat with their eyes first so it is important the sandwiches look enticing, appealing and appetizing.
Where sandwiches are being presented for functions or any in-house dining they should always be presented with an appropriate garnish and accompanied by suitable tableware.
Read also: Tips for Preparing Large Quantities of Sandwiches
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Written by: Alan Hickman, Garry Blackburn
Subject Matter: Prepare a variety of sandwiches