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Jan 29, 2010 01:35 AM

Does anyone use slate/tiles as plates?

I was thinking of getting a few - how and what dishes do you use them for?

And is the texture of the knife cutting on the tile annoying (like fingers down a chalkboard)?

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  1. Yes. I use a slate board for cheese. It makes for a pretty presentation -- white cheese on black slate. I don't recall hearing annoying sounds as people used the knives.

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    1. re: glutton

      That's a great idea :) For the cheese though, I doubt it would get sliced as much as say, a steak

      1. re: Soop

        I thought about buying from a tile store for a cheese board, but instead opted for one of these from Crate and Barrel:

        Now that you ask the question, I wonder why I haven't thought about using it for other than cheeses. I can imagine sushi, sandwiches.

        I have a harder time thinking it would be good for something like steak, because of juices running off the flat surface.

        One thing to keep in mind is that the underside of slate is usually pretty rough, so you need cork, felt or something if you are putting it on a surface that could become scratched by it.

    2. This seems highly impractical to me. I have a few slate tiles (not for food), and if you get them wet they smell like a river bottom - not very appetizing in my book. Also, you don't really want to cut anything on a tile or stone surface, as it will dull your knives. Furthermore, the underside of tiles are unglazed, so they will absorb any liquids through the bottom.

      Porcelain plates are really the best. Very hard, durable, non-porous, fine in the oven or microwave, and they are pretty inexpensive.

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      1. re: pweller

        I see - thanks for the advixce, looks like I'll be skipping this

      2. I use some left-over floor tiles as trivets. I just glued some little felt feet on them so they don't scratch my table.

        I would not use a tile as a plate as you don't know what materials were used in the tile itself or in the glazing liquid.

        1. Just watching saturday kitchen, and James Martin has served squid on a slate, albeit covered with a banana leaf.

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          1. re: Soop

            Can't find a recipe, can someone give me a suggestion for pan seared, then low roasted rib?

          2. We used to frequent a restaurant that served salads on large, ceramic square tiles, which were placed on the table in a "diamond" position. I particularly recall a salad of sashimi tuna on greens. Presentation was very attractive. Because the tile was ceramic, I believe the surfaces were sealed and non pourous.