Would you like to add a touch of fresh yellow to your plate? An easy way to give a splash of sunshine to a fish dish, smoked salmon plate, or to an appetizer platter is to decorate it with lemons cut in “dents de loup” (wolves teeth).
How to Cut a Lemon in “Dents de Loup” (Wolves Teeth)
This culinary decorative cut is called “dents de loup” to describe the pointed teeth like shape of the lemon. So check Art of the Home tip below for the steps to cut a lemon in “dents de loup” — so easy and so pretty!
Art of the Home Tip to Cut a Lemon in Dents de Loup
- Cut both ends of the lemon so it will hold steady in the plate or platter you want to decorate.
- Start at the middle of the lemon. Insert a sharp knife at an angle. The knife should go deep enough to reach the center of the lemon. Remove the knive and insert again at an angle but in opposite direction to form a triangle (or pointed dent de loup/wolf tooth).
- Keep going with the same pattern around the lemon. Once you reach where you started, separate both halves and carefully remove seeds with the tip of your knife. And voilà, your lemon is ready to decorate any plate!
Art of the Home suggestions:
- Oranges, melons, kiwi, or grapefruits are also so appetizing when cut in dents de loup — feel free to experiment, such fun!
- If you are not going to use the lemons right away, put them back together and keep in the fridge until ready to use.