Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Edibles for Festivities
Hollowed-out edibles create a festive look for any occasion.
- Fill hollowed out melons with fruit salad or sweet fruit dip, fill hollowed-out cabbage or a loaf of bread with savory dip, or fill winter squash with soup. First, cut a thin slice from the bottom of the food so that it sits flat. Then, cut off the top (if hollowing bread, cut in and around the sides with a sharp knife). Scoop out the insides, leaving at least a 1/2-inch of shell intact. For an added effect on melons, make 1-inch diagonal cuts around the top of the bowl to create a decorative crown.
Hollowed Out Bread
- To hollow out bread, one usually uses a round loaf of bread. Cut a circular shape on the top of the bread loaf and hollow out the insides with a grapefruit-type knife. Be sure you don't take out too much bread from the inside because the goodies you'll put inside can leach out you remove too much.
- Avocados have tough shells that are perfect for filling. The next time you make chicken salad, tuna salad, or even guacamole, consider putting your mixture back into the avocado shell halve. It is the perfect little serving dish.
Cover the bottom of muffins tins in foil; set aside. Weave strips of bacon together to form a square. Carefully lay the bacon sheets over the foil-covered, overturned muffin tin and bake at 375 degrees until crisp. Use to serve mashed potatoes or salads.
A hollowed out bread loaf makes a tasty container for a soup or stew. For example; try using 8 inch round sour dough loaves; cut off the top and hollow out the remainder to use as your serving bowls for your favorite thick chili. Top with shredded cheese of your choice.
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