Vegetable Preparation – Dice an Onion

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Robert Nassar from Dinner Done demonstrates how to dice an onion.

    Robert Nasser

    Robert Nasser is the owner of Dinner Done's Centreville, VA store. Robert has been involved in the kitchen in one form or another from age 6. A past owner of 2 restaurants in Venezuela, he knows what good food is made of: great ingredients and great recipes. Concern for the way our eating habits are changing, especially since more and more households are extremely busy places, played a big part in his decision to license a Dinner Done store in Virginia from his brother and sister in law in Florida. Filling the need for healthy meals, while getting families back around the dinner table is a major reason for Dinner Done's success. His international background and love of travel have given Robert a unique perspective on foods and ingredients, and how best to marry them to obtain new tastes and flavors. When coming up with new recipes for his customers, Robert can draw upon this experience to enable them to try new ideas without sacrificing taste or nutrition. A self confessed recipe book addict, he has accumulated over 50 cookbooks in 3 languages. These rarely stay on a shelf, as he uses them almost daily!

    Hi! Im Robert Nassar from Dinner Done. We are working on vegetable prep and now were going to show you how to dice an onion. First things first, though, your vegetables should always be clean before you ever lay a knife to them. With onions since youre going to be peeling the outer skin first thing you want to do is take that outer skin off, cutting both ends and then lightly running the blade of your knife and peeling the skin. It doesnt matter that youve washed or not the onion at this point because at this next step is when you want to wash it. You want to be sure to wash your vegetables all the time. You never know whats on them. They can come with dirt. Dirt has bacteria and you certainly dont want to suffer through that. So, once youve got your onion nicely washed its very simple really to dice. Were going to make two series of cuts and then a third cut to dice. So, our first cut is going to be not all the way through in this sense, make about a quarter inch or so, not much more than that unless you want really big chunks and once youve gone across the onion, youre then going to turn at 90 degrees, think of it as making a grid and do the same thing. Dont cut all the way through because you dont want the pieces to fall apart quite yet. And as soon as we get done here well show you how the actual dicing occurs. Now, okay heres the best part. Put the onion on the side and then make your cuts and thats how youll end up getting these nice squares, most already separated for you. The rest of the onion you can then lay down on the table and finish cutting like so. But, now youve got all the diced onions you probably ever going to need and thats how you dice an onion.