Normally, a giant fire erupting at your dinner table would seem like a bad thing, but flambéed foods make for a spectacular visual effect that upends that conventional wisdom. The basic idea of behind the process is simple: you throw a little liquor onto a delicious food, light a match, and voila - you're a flambé master! However, if you want to get the technique down properly, here are a few helpful tips to go by.

What kind of alcohol should you use? Only liquors with a high alcohol content over 80-proof will achieve the desired effect, so most beers and wines will not work. Additionally, something to keep in mind is that the higher the alcohol content, the more readily it will ignite, so anything over 120-proof is considered too dangerous for the technique. Liquors like brandy, cognac, and rum are considered very good options.

Safety Tips and Instructions

  1. Warm the alcohol to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit, never letting it reach its boiling point (175 degrees Fahrenheit), since this will cause the alcohol to burn off.
  2. When you're ready to add the alcohol to the pan of whatever it is you would like to flambé, remove the pan from heat first. For safety reasons, do not flambé something over a hot burner.
  3. Use a long fireplace match to ignite the flames.
  4. The flames should fade on their own since the alcohol vapors burn off, but if you need to stifle the flames, use a pot lid or shake the pan vigorously.

Here are a few Yummly recipes that utilize this technique that you should try!

Peach and Berries Flambe (from The Ravenous Couple)

Peach and Berries Flambe

Grilled Pork Medallions with Apple Maple Glaze (from Nibble Me This)

Grilled Pork Medallions with Apple Maple Glaze

Mangoes Flambé

Mangoes Flambé

Steak Flambe Moutarde

Steak Flambe Moutarde

  Related Searches on Yummly:

Photo Credits: The Ravenous Couple, Good Food and Wine Show

Top 10 Christmas Cookies of the Season.
Hearty, Chunky Soups for a Cold Day.
Healthy, Easy New Ways to Enjoy Salmon.
10 Tasty Ways to Make Canned Tuna Gourmet.
10 Creative New Ways to Cook Salmon.
12 Terrific New Takes on Jalapeño Poppers.
Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Pastas.
Snack Healthy with Homemade Hummus.
Every Dish is Made Better with Beer.
10 Exceptional Coffee Drinks to Make at Home.
10 Handy Meals Made in a Muffin Tin.
Vegan Appetizers Anyone Will Love.
Simple, Hearty Mexican Dishes for a Crowd.
10 Succulent Salmon Dishes for Healthier Eating.
Appetizer Ideas for the Big Game.
Italian Dishes Minus the Indulgence.
Cozy Chili Recipes and Creative Ways to Enjoy Them.
Fantastic, Flavorful 5-Ingredient Chicken Dinners.
10 Savory Curries You Can Make in a Hurry.
5 Creative Cinco de Mayo Recipes to get the Fiesta Started!.
Fun Football Shaped Bites for the Super Bowl.
The Ultimate Super Bowl Appetizer: 5-Layer Football Field Dip.
TOUCHDOWN! The Extreme Super Bowl Recipe Round-Up.
Complete Your Meal With a Perfect Wine Pairing.
Food Pairings with Sean McKenzie and Dave Matthews.
Top 10 Tips for Winning Dinners!.
From Apples to Kale to Salmon, How to Keep What You Love Fresh.
Cooking with Silk®.
Grow Your Own Ingredients: Fresh Garden Favorites.
Bring Game Day Parties to Life with Lit'l Smokies.
5 Lit’l Smokies Recipes to Bring Holiday Parties to Life.
Foods that Will Put You to Sleep.
5 Tips For Enjoying The Holiday Season, Guilt Free and Naturally.
Black Bean & Corn Guacamole.
Slow Roasted Pork Arepas with Quick Pickled Onions and Chimichurri.
Citrus Salmon and Watermelon Popsicles.