Making a dish visually appealing is as important as making sure it’s seasoned properly. Sometimes it’s just the smallest of touches that can make all the difference, like – what bowl you serve it in, what garnish you use and how you actually plate it up. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want anything coming out of my kitchen looking like it came out of a haute cuisine restaurant, but I do love the idea of presenting it in a way that indicates to my guests I went to a little extra effort just for them. Here are a few of my favorite presentation tips. They are quick, easy and will have your guests oohing and aahing at you next dinner party.
Soup: Soup is a perfect dinner-party first course as it can be made ahead and simply reheated if being served hot or just plated if being served cold. I have two schools of thought when it comes to soup. The first is to serve it in something other than a soup bowl – a tea or coffee cup with saucer, or if it’s a cold soup a low stemmed margarita, martini or wine glass. The second idea is to serve it in a traditional bowl, but with a garnish. You could go with chopped fresh herbs, a little dollop of cream or even something complimentary to the dish like a strip of bacon sticking a little out of the bowl or slices of avocado to give a little added texture.