Friday, January 7, 2011

Dishes: Deconstructed

You know what's a fascinating concept? Deconstructed dishes. It seems to be an outrageously hot food trend right now, though I haven't experienced it personally. I was recently watching an episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network and they featured classic dishes with a new twist. Ted Allen chose a deconstructed eggs benedict as the best "classic" dish he'd ever eaten, and it got me thinking that this is something I should try.

A deconstructed dish is simply a traditional recipe that has been deconstructed into its component parts. So in Ted's eggs benedict example, it was a (very) unique twist on eggs, bacon, an English muffin and hollandaise. They weren't layed as the traditional recipe calls for, but instead were individual elements on the plate. Usually deconstructed dishes get kind of artsy fartsy. In this case, the chef had made the hollandaise into some sort of gelatinous, tofu-looking blocks, dipped them in English muffin crumbs and deep fried them. It was actually genius.

Now I'm not too artsy fartsy, but this kind of sounds like fun. However, I haven't been inspired yet by a dish I'd like to deconstruct. Any ideas for me?


  1. What are the best dishes to deconstruct, hmmm. Sandwiches? Burgers? Lasagna? But that would probably entail simply making a mess of it! Unless you're really creative, which you are :)

    Or maybe a dessert... a fruit pie, a cake with lots of layers, like a Napoleon or an Opera cake, or one of those breads made with refrigerated dough...

  2. sushi, different types of dips ie. hummus, black bean dip, salsa, etc.

  3. I LOVE the pie idea ... that could really work! Lasagna also seems to be a popular one to attempt, but I just can't wrap my head around it. The beauty of lasagna is its layers! Why would you want to break them apart??

    And Erin, I really like the idea of sushi, too. I bet a California roll would make an amazing deconstructed dish. I need to explore this some more :)

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