My Favorite Thing — Right Now This Second!
… is my Mandolin slicer! It’s the best thing since sliced… well, EVERYTHING! I am now a slicing fool! You name it… I’ll slice it (vegetables and fruit that is). Cucumbers, Potatoes (white and sweet), Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Cabbage and even Celery … and my favorite all time thing to slice (because of what I do with the slices) is Apples. I ♥ baking some Apple Chips (although baking Potato Chips (especially sweet potatoes) is a fav too!
I have never been one to do much cooking or baking, so I had never heard of (or at least paid any attention to) a “mandolin” until watching a segment on the Food Network (see my blog re: Kale Chips). None of the cooks in my family have ever used any type of slicer. They still do it the old fashioned way — with a knife (whichever one they can find in the knife drawer). Not me — never again. I like the modern life.
My slices are now identical in thickness, which I imagine is important for cooking foods evenly and consistently. The mandolin comes with attachments to slice thick, thin, medium, or julienne (which I’ve not tried yet). Most importantly, at least to me, evenly sliced items make a lovely presentation. In my book, it’s ALL about the presentation. If you make it look pretty, people will be more likely to eat it, buy it, read it, use it, etc. Last, but definitely not least, is using a mandolin takes much less skill than cutting with a knife, and slicing can be done very quickly — I ♥ saving time in the kitchen.
If you don’t have a mandolin already, I highly recommend purchasing one… and trying my simply yummy Apple Chips recipe below!
- Preheat an oven to 200 degrees F.
- Wash apple(s).
- Slice apple(s) as thin as possible (I can get them paper thin with my mandolin slicer).
- Grease cookie sheet with Olive Oil.
- Arrange single layer of apples onto the sheet and sprinkle generously with Cinnamon.
- Bake @ 45 minutes, then turn.
- Bake for another 30-40 minutes (check regularly… my oven is crazy and hot).
- Cool and enjoy the crispy goodness!
Buying a mandolin has been a great investment — saving me money and time. No longer do I pay extra for a veggie or fruit tray. Now, I do my own slicing! How did I ever do without one?
♥ My Mandolin is My Favorite Thing … right now this second! ♥