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Mar 15, 2007 08:29 AM

Recipe w/lots of Chopping

I'm working on my knife skills and looking for recipes that require lots of chopping.

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  1. Any Thai curry or Asian stirfry. Lots of different texture to choose from!

    1. Make a killer salad! I ended up getting a giant cutting board to accomodate all the stuff I chop up for a good salad. I use lettuce, baby spinach, parsley, broccoli, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red or green onions, carrots, celery and black olives. Other things I might put in are red cabbage, avocado, red or green peppers. Depends on who's eating it.

      Also maybe a cobb salad, or a chef salad.

      1. for practicing knife skills, think not just about lots of cutting, but lots of different cuts, and cuts that require precision.

        anything julienned is a great place to start - remoulade of celery root is pretty knife intensive, or a salad of thinly julienned carrots with olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. a saute of julienned zucchini, peppers, carrots, and onions with pasta is a nice idea too.

        think then about dicing - make homefries with lots of potatoes and onions, or even better, use multiple roots - sweet potatoes and rutabegas can be mixed in.

        some of your julienned roots can be minced into a confetti dice to sprinkle in salads and the like - little specks of orange from carrots are great here.

        very thin round slices can be intersting steamed or in a semi-pickled (dress and let sit) salad, or made into pan-fried potato (or beet, or turnip, or taro, or..) chips.

        dishes with minced ginger can be good knife practice too - peel the root, slice, shash with the flat of the knife to break fibers, and then mince.

        you can also cut up stuff into any variety of shapes for practice if you want to cook it into a pureed soup - try a lot of different cuts out, cook it all down and puree.

        if you want to really get into this, look for cookbooks or online recipes giving instructions for some of the more interesting japanese decorative vegetable garnishes - radish roses and carrot butterflies and the like.

        have fun!

        1. Chinese lettuce cup wraps. My mom makes these and chops tons of stuff... chinese dried mushrooms, water chestnuts, chicken, bamboo shoots, scallions, ginger, etc. its delicious too!!

          1. for different textures, pico de gallo:


            It's one thing I always hesitate to make because it takes time to chop.