L.A. Times Test Kitchen tips: Chocolate shavings
It's a very simple trick, but if you're looking for a fast way to garnish a chocolate dessert (or add a little chocolate element to another dish), shave over some chocolate.
Shaving chocolate is easily done with a vegetable peeler. Use a firm chocolate bar, and simply run the blade over the side of the bar (as if you were peeling a carrot). The blade will slice into the chocolate, creating elegant shavings (and can even create ribbons, if you're patient and steady enough).
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