Add a little luck of the Irish to cheese and other foods, by creating a shamrock garnish made of herbs.
You can apply the same technique to other themes: Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day hearts, stars for Christmas, Independence Day and New Year’s, pumpkins for Halloween, and so forth.
You also can use edible glitter, which provides no flavor but adds gorgeous color.
Spices allow you to play with the colors of the garnish, for example:
Select any cheese(s) that’s moist enough to hold the herbs: burrata, cream cheese log, goat cheese log, feta, fresh mozzarella, paneer, queso panela or ricotta salata.
Print out the shamrock stencil (or other design) here. Print out a few copies for cutting practice.
You can make a regular stencil or a reverse stencil, both shown in the photo.
1. CUT out the shamrock stencil and press it firmly onto the cheese.
2. PRESS the herbs into the stencil. You can place a piece of plastic wrap over the herbs for easier pressing.
3. GENTLY PEEL off the plastic and stencil. Clean the lines with a pointed tweezers, as needed.
4. SERVE with bread, crackers and fruit (apples, grapes, orange/mandarin segments, pears, etc).
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