What's the first thing I should make with my mandoline?

I got a mandoline for my birthday, but now I can't remember why I wanted it to badly... Oops! What's the first mandoline-practically-required recipe I should make? Preferably not gratin.

Sarah Jampel


Lost_in_NYC February 5, 2017
Spend some time running test samples with the mandolin to try the different blades and thickness with different vegetables. Seems easy on paper but it can really make a difference when you actually want to use it for a real recipe. I bought a PL8 mandolin a few months ago (research, youtube videos, etc) that looked really easy to operate but when I tried it at home, it was a lot harder than I had anticipated. Returned it and have my eyes on a Benriner now instead.
Kyle February 4, 2017
What do you like to eat?

I'd watch this.
Greenstuff February 3, 2017
Put your copy of "The Rat Movie" aka "Ratatouille" on, and make Thomas Keller's version of the title dish. What?! You don't have the movie? Now that you have a mandoline, you need it more than ever!!

And yes. Get those gloves.
ktr February 3, 2017
sauerkraut or kimchi
Melusine February 3, 2017
Beet (and other root vegetable) chips -- simmered in a sugar syrup and then baked. The original recipe calls for a curried sour cream dip; I use the spiced yogurt from the Mujaddara w/Spiced Yogurt recipe instead -- lighter, and since I was living in Tajikistan when I first made this, I could make the yogurt.
The recipe is from Epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/beet-chips-with-curried-sour-cream-109510
Bevi February 2, 2017
Pear chips! https://food52.com/recipes/14417-kale-salad-with-fried-pear-chips-and-toasted-walnuts
aargersi February 2, 2017
1) Get Kevlar gloves. Do it now. Amazon.
2) Gratin potatoes
3) Pear pie the dense stack crumb topping way.
Sarah J. February 2, 2017
Pear pie!
Posie (. February 2, 2017
Beet chips! The prettiest, and so delicious.
Sam1148 February 2, 2017
A quick look to make sure you a first aid kit on hand. Those things require a blood sacrifice. Yeah..you say you'll always use the guard except when you just 'need that one thing quick'.
PHIL February 2, 2017
been there....
Valhalla February 2, 2017
I use the metal gloves (they look like a shark suit)--got them from Amazon. Good reminder to be safe!
AntoniaJames February 2, 2017
Gotta get me some of those gloves . . . my blood sacrifice was gruesome, to put it mildly. (I haven't used my mandoline since.) Good advice, Sam. ;o)
PHIL February 2, 2017
Francis Mallmanns Domino potatoes https://food52.com/recipes/20592-francis-mallmann-s-potato-dominoes
ChefJune February 2, 2017
Potato chips! Nothing quite so wonderful as home-made, fresh potato chips. :)
amysarah February 2, 2017
When I first got a mandoline many moons ago, I went on a Pommes Anna bender. It's sort of the perfect food: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018518-pommes-anna
Also, cucumber salad. And zucchini "carpaccio".
caninechef February 2, 2017
I do not have a mandolin but I am planning to make these okonomiyaki tonight. They look like one of the most popular recipes on the site: https://food52.com/recipes/12352-okonomiyaki
Valhalla February 2, 2017
I use mine for salads and if you have any interest in kimchi--slicing turnips for turnip kimchi is fantastic!
Nancy February 2, 2017
A salad including raw shaved root vegetables that are often cooked (out of necessiry or custom). Kohlrabi, celery root, parsnip. And others that aren't root veg, but taste good in thin slices.
Smaug February 2, 2017
Penelope Casas' "poor man's potatoes".
inpatskitchen February 2, 2017
Potato chips!!!!!
Here's a link:https://food52.com/recipes/27915-rosemary-potato-chips
EmilyC February 2, 2017
A root vegetable tian? Can't imagine making one without a mandoline!

Or I've had my eye on this salad for ages but have never made it -- http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/moroccan-carrot-and-chickpea-salad-recipe.html
Sarah J. February 2, 2017
HalfPint February 2, 2017
How about vegan lox, made with carrots: https://food52.com/blog/16630-what-looks-like-lox-tastes-like-lox-but-is-made-of-carrots

Ok, maybe not ideal with a long carrot, but you could make smaller strips.
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