Foodie Vocab #10: Chiffonade

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: chiffonade (noun, verb).

Please choose the most appropriate definition for chiffonade. (No cheating!)

a.) A batch of vegetables such as carrots or peppers cut into the shape and size of matchsticks.
b.) A light airy cake that is often flavored with citrus.
c.) A cooking technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and basil) are cut into long, thin strips
d.) Thinly sliced raw meat or fish served with a sauce.

This time the photo can apply to multiple choices so I know you can’t cheat :)

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And the answer is…. c.) A cooking technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and basil) are cut into long, thin strips.

As pictured in the salmon crudo above,  chiffonade essentially creates a batch of herbs for sprinkling onto recipes for garnish or flavor. You can add a chiffonade to a pasta sauce, a pizza, a tart, a ceviche – just about anything that uses finely chopped herbs or leafy greens.

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The above photo is from Herbivoracious who made an heirloom tomato tart and topped it with a chiffonade of basil.

Recipes that use a chiffonade:
Rigatoni Puttanesca
Asparagus with Melon and Prosciutto with Shaved Parmesan and Fresh Basil
Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Red Peppers
Spicy Chicken Tender Stack with Heirloom Tomato Salad
Watermelon Salad

Previous Foodie Vocab Lessons:
Pappardelle
Ceviche

Clafoutis

Raita

Panna Cotta
Granita
Remoulade
Panzanella
Verrine

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  • http://chakhlere.blogspot.com Chakh…le…Re!!!

    The answer is option “C”

  • http://www.betterwithbutter.com Jada

    Love these! Keep ‘em coming!

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