Vegetable Preparation – Julienne and Dice a Bell Pepper

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Robert Nassar from Dinner Done demonstrates how to julienne and dice a bell pepper.

    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. Weve been doing basic vegetable prep, and now were going to show you how to dice a bell pepper. Bell peppers come in different colors, if you want to call them that. Youve got your yellow peppers, red peppers or green peppers. Use any combination of the three to brighten up a meal instead of just using a green bell pepper. As always, make sure that you wash your vegetables well under cold running water to get any foreign objects, dirt, anything you do not want, in your meal off before you start cutting. Take your bell peppers, notice the stem part, push that in firmly, and break your pepper apart. Set one half off to the side, take the half that youre going to work with, and notice youve got seeds, and youve got these ribs, if you want to call them that. You want to get rid of all the seeds, and you want to get rid of all this white part right here, these ridges, because they do nothing but ruin the taste for you. So, set your pepper down on your cutting board. Underneath the cutting board, place a towel so that it doesnt slip around on you. All youre going to need for this one is a sharp knife. Cut your pepper into manageable portions so that you can then knock the seeds out, and get rid of this white pith or ridge, cutting very carefully so that you dont get cut yourself. Once youve got that off, get rid of it, you dont need it. Now youve got a slice that you can work with. Now, if youre going to julienne this, which you certainly can or dice it, either way, youre going to first start by making slices lengthwise along your pepper. To make things easier for you, see this round part right here, get rid of that and keep it, you can chop it up later. Now, youve got a very even, roughly rectangular, piece to deal with, now its easy to make your cuts. Place your fingers with your fingertips tucked in, and take the flat part of your knife, rest it against your knuckles, and make the cuts slowly to the width that you would like to have your dices. So, first we julienne our pepper, and now if you want to dice it, gather up your pieces together, and using the same techniques of folding your fingertips back and resting the flat of the knife against your knuckles, make your cuts to the desired width. You can go as fine as you want or as wide as you want. Now, youve got your diced peppers.