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Chiffonade (kitchen technique)

Using the chiffonade technique to cup rolled-up sorrel leaves.

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Chiffonade (pronounced "shif-oh-NOD") is a knife technique used for cutting herbs and leaf vegetables such as lettuce into thin strips or ribbons.

To chiffonade leaves of basil, for instance, you would stack the basil leaves and roll them into a tube, and then carefully cut across the ends of the tube with your knife to produce fine strips.

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