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Tournée
Potatoes are often cut into the oblong tournée shape.
Potatoes are often cut into the oblong tournée shape.
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Tournée is an oblong-shaped cutting technique usually used to cut vegetables like potatoes, carrots and squash. To tournée, first prepare the vegetables by cutting off the edges and trimming the length to approximately 2 inches. You can use any knife that's comfortable to handle, but a bird's beak knife or tourne knife are often preferred by cooks because a curved blade allows foods to be carved and shaped quickly and efficiently. Use such a knife to sculpt food into several small oval-shaped pieces, and add them to a dish to lend a distinct, formal touch to a meal.


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