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Photo courtesy Oceanaire Have your dinner (or dessert) with some flair. flamboyant flammable dishes in town.
To flambé a dish is to do more than merely set food in a pan on fire. In order for something to be flambéed, sauce containing alcohol must be lit on fire, either with a match or lighter or by tilting the edge of the alcohol-filled pan toward the burner until the heat ignites the liquid.
The surface of burning alcohol reaches temperatures greater than 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which causes chemical reactions to take place in the food/sauce that's been ignited. The technique is frequently used in the preparation of desserts, because heating the sugar to such temperatures causes it to caramelize.
Whether it's a dessert, a main dish or a drink, though, a little fire sure makes things more exciting.More »