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Many people are so accustomed to the same old parsley or watercress garnish. It’s easy to create special touches can you use for the holidays. The majority can be used with either drinks or dishes of food, savory or sweet.
We like festive red and green garnishes and star shapes. Consider:
Carambola (star fruit) slices (it’s greenish yellow; combine with a sprinkle of pomegranate arils for plate garnishes or notch for the rims of glasses)
Caviar: green- and red-colored golden whitefish caviar or green and red tobiko (flying fish roe)
Champagne grapes or red currants
Pomegranate arils on a slice of lime or kiwi
Red and green grapes: clusters, threaded, scattered, or on picks
Red cherry or grape tomatoes, halved on a cucumber slice or placed on top of baby arugula or spinach
Red radish slices atop cucumber slices
A lime with pomegranate arils can dress drinks or plates of food. Photo courtesy Danny Meyer.
Rosemary sprigs, plain or stems threaded with whole cranberries
Sprinkled dried cranberries and green pistachios
Star shapes cut from fruits and vegetables (use a small star cookie cutter)
Whole cranberries (thread them with green grapes of popcorn as platter garnishes)
Crushed candy canes
Raspberries or strawberries and mint leaves
Other ideas? Please share!
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