How to Cook Vegetables

How to Cut and Slice Shallots

Shallots are believed to have originated in Palestine. Although they resemble garlic in appearance, they are a member of the onion family.
  1. Remove papery outer skin from shallot. Cut off root end; discard.

  2. Place a shallot on cutting board. Holding utility knife horizontally, make cuts in shallot parallel to board, almost to root end. Cut shallot vertically into thin slices, holding it with fingers to keep its shape.

    Cut down on the shallot parallel to the cutting board.
    Cut down on the shallot parallel
    to the cutting board.

  3. Turn shallot and cut crosswise to root end. (The closer the cuts are spaced, the finer the shallot will be chopped.)
Cabbage is a delicious vegetable that can be used in many different ways. Learn how to cut and slice it on the next page.

If you want the onion pieces to be very small and fine, use a box grater instead of the knife. First slice off the stem and root ends and peel away skin; discard. Use the largest holes on the box grater or the onion will disintegrate and become mushy.

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