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3 Tips For Plating Your Next Culinary Masterpiece

There are a lot of reasons why you may want to eat at home more often than eating at a restaurant. Of course, you'll almost always save a good bit of money by making your own food rather than paying for it at a restaurant. But how do you ensure that your homemade meals are as impressive as you want them to be? Much of that comes down to how you plate them. With that being said, let's look into some of the top tips you should keep in mind when plating your next culinary masterpiece.

1. Stack Your Foods

You may prepare aspects of a meal separately. Your vegetables may cook separately from your meat, for example. But the goal of the meal is to ensure that all of the flavors work well together. Why not showcase the hard work that you've put into your flavors by stacking your food? Proteins should be placed on top of starches, with sauces acting as a base layer. As you dig into the meal, the food will become smothered naturally in that base layer. You don't need to pile it all on in the beginning.

2. Garnish Your Dish

While you may not be familiar with garnishes, they're a subtle way through which chefs make their meals more impressive. A garnish doesn't add a lot of flavors, but they do add a bit of flair. Citrus can be added to the meal through orange or lemon peel twists, or perhaps zest. Parsley, mint, or cilantro can add an herbal twist. If you really want to get creative, consider edible flowers!

3. Consider Your Color Scheme

Think about how your dishes will look in terms of color. A salad can be creatively colorful, the leafy greens contrasting with bright tomatoes. Rather than going with standard asparagus, prepare some bright sweet potatoes alongside your steak. Avoid a monochromatic color scheme. That will simply bore people.

Treat your meals like a work of art. You'll be glad you did! Also, it's often healthier to make food at home, with the typical restaurant meal having as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal. There is also a level of satisfaction that comes from eating food that you've made yourself. You can impress your friends and family with a nice meal.