Don’t get me wrong. This is not a necessity. But it’s fun, and you end up making faux-ta (thats faux-pasta, keep up please!) out of vegetables.
I really like this little gadget- the Paderno Spiralizer. I have been making vegetable noodles using a julienne peeler for the past couple of years- I’ve been hooked ever since they were served with a wonderful lemon chicken at our wedding. The peeler worked fine, until I found out that there was a better way. Enter- the spiral vegetable slicer.
This handy little thing suction cups onto your counter and gives you three different options for cutting long vegetables- a flat cutter, a small spiral cutter and a thick spiral cutter. Flat will give you long ribbons (think the potato chips at a fair stand), the small spiral cutter will give you spaghetti like strands, and the thick spiral cutter is perfect for curly fries.
I have used the small spiral cutter more than anything else, especially during the summer season when yellow squash and zucchini are plentiful. After cutting them into loooooong strands, I love to sauté them with garlic and butter for a side dish; I know people have topped their “noodles” with spaghetti sauce and it was kid-approved!
The suction cups aren’t the greatest thing on it, but it definitely works. It cleans up easily, and all of it can get thrown in the dishwasher.
You can buy a spiralizer at Williams Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond (those are the places I know for sure) or on Amazon here.