How to Peel an Onion in 8 Seconds

This trick is so simple
How-To: Cut Onions

Chef Todd English gives a tutorial on onion cutting 101.

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Instead of fighting with the inedible skin, pulling and clawing until the onion is finally peeled, slice the onion right down the middle vertically at the root.

Sometimes it’s the little kitchen tasks that are the most tiresome. Tedious kitchen jobs like peeling carrots, separating eggs, and peeling onions try our patience. It doesn’t help that onions are an essential flavor-boosting ingredient in most of our favorite dishes. Red onion adds heat to flavorful carnitas tacos, sweet Vidalia onions provide balance to acidic Bolognese, and spring onions deliver a crunchy bite to Greek salads. Unfortunately, the papery onion skin always slips through our fingers, making this menial task take much too long.

Click here for 6 superb onion recipes (slideshow).

Luckily, there is a remedy to this cooking woe — the vertical slice.

Instead of fighting with the inedible skin, pulling and clawing until the onion is finally peeled, slice the onion right down the middle vertically at the root. After that, the skin should peel off easily.  For under-ripe onions whose skin still stubbornly clings to the vegetable, warm slightly against a hot pan. The heat helps to loosen the skin, making peeling a snap. With this simple trick, kitchen harmony has been restored.

Once your onion is peeled, you can resume cooking your regularly scheduled recipe, or try one of our favorites with those sweet and spicy vegetables.

Avocado and Grilled Onion Tartines

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These tartines are perfect for summer, taking advantage of in-season olive oil. Use Vidalia onions for a sweeter taste.

For the Avocado and Grilled Onion Tartines recipe, click here.

Kale and Onion Pizza

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Sneak some vegetables into your diet with this kale and onion pizza. Use store-bought pizza dough to make this recipe a quick and easy dinner option.

For the Kale and Onion Pizza recipe, click here.
 


Angela Carlos in the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on twitter @angelaccarlos.

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6 Superb Onion Recipes
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