Cracking a walnut, removing the nut and having two perfect shell halves leaves you with two mini-cups to lavish dishes with ornamental holders of toppings, fruits and spices.
Scrape the shell debris, sharp jagged edges, any non-edible bits leftover from retrieval of the nut out with the back of a spoon. Use the spoon edges to thoroughly clean out the inside of each empty half. With a speck of dish soap wash and rinse the individual halves. Sit the clean halves separately on a plate or dish to dry or dry each half individually with a dish towel.
When the halves are dry they are ready to adorn your dishes in a cute attractive setting for the little food extras, which give zeal to meals.
Serving up a baked potato? Each empty walnut shell half can be filled with the sides that top baked potatoes to flavor them any way you or your guests wish. Each individual walnut shell half can hold side toppings of shredded cheese, chives and sour cream. The toppings can be poured, scooped or spread onto the potato.
Guests can exchange shell halves if there are sides they do not like or for sides they want double of.
The miniature shell holders can cradle pieces of fruit in a tiny version of a fruit cup. Fill it with a grape or two or a slice of orange, a slice of apple and bite of banana.
Pepper seed, sea salt, mustard seed and other spices make spicy shell fillers. Fill the ornamental holders with walnuts and other nuts in pieces or wholes for an edible conversation piece.
Multiple shells can be placed on each plate to form a design or a pattern among plates. For instance, you can arrange them in a circle and sit a mini-muffin in the middle. The shell halves are sure to get noticed and will add a sparkle of elegance to any dinner table.
The halves can be thrown away or washed and reused. To make sure you kill germs after washing the halves you can zap them in a microwave for no more then ten seconds so they don’t catch on fire. Do not bake the shells in the oven to kill germs or put them in a skillet or fryer.
Do not cook anything in them prior to serving each guest at mealtime or any other time for the shells can catch on fire.