Here is how to make a tomato rose. It’s a super simple garnish for beginners. In these two short free videos you will see how easy it is to make a tomato rose garnish for Valentines Day, or any romantic dinner.
You may have seen my other video on how to make a rose from citrus peels. This is essentially the same idea but pretty red color of tomato roses make them perfect for Valentines Day. When you make these yourself, you will find that tomatoes are easier to wind up and keep in place.
The size and shape of your tomato roses will vary based on the size and shape of your tomatoes. Oblong shaped Roma tomatoes tend to make for narrower and taller roses with not as many layers of “petals”. Larger rounder tomatoes will allow you to carve a longer strip. And, because to the curve of a rounder tomato, you are likely to get a longer strip that is not as wide, which make a finished tomato rose that is a bit shorter in height but is wider and have more layers of ‘petals’.
It’s easier to show you than to tell you, so take a look at this quick video that will demonstrate what I mean. This first video shows how to make the tomato rose using a Roma tomato.
This second video shows exactly the same technique but with a larger rounder tomato.
For the best results start with a tomato that is firm rather than soft. And use a SHARP knife.
These tomato rose garnishes can be made ahead of time. After you complete them, seal in plastic or an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. These are best made the same day that you serve them but I have seen them still look good enough to serve the next day.
Have fun making your own tomato roses. It’s a fun unexpected surprise to add to and salad or on the side of a serving dish.
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