In almost every culture’s culinary recipe rolodex, there are classical, savory dishes that start off with the same instructions: Step 1 – dice onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute in a bit of olive oil. Cooking a base of vegetables to start a dish is universal across the globe- different cultures may have different base vegetables and oil, but the method is the same… dice your base vegetables and sauté them in olive oil or butter to base flavors for your dish.
But one thing is true in any culture, cooking requires the right tools. To achieve the perfect dice, it’s essential to have a good chef’s knife in your kitchen. We recommend using one of our Ronco Rockers to make your time chopping vegetables more efficient. The Ronco Rocker is unlike any other chef’s knife in that it’s uniquely angled… which creates a rocking motion, making chopping, mincing and dicing faster, more precise and easier.
Different cultures have different names for their unique blend of vegetables that are the starting point to many wonderful dishes.
In France, the classic vegetable base is called a Mirepoix – usually a mixture of onions, carrots, and celery.
To make a classic French beef bourguignon, you will usually start with the classic Mirepoix.
Most Italian sauces start with a soffritto. Soffritto starts off similarly to a mirepoix with carrots, onions and celery… but goes on to add parsley and garlic. Yum! Raise your hand if you love Italian cuisine as much as we do! A pasta bolognese starts with a good soffritto.
German Suppengrün consists of leeks, carrots and celeriac (celery root). It may also contain parsley, thyme, celery leaves, rutabaga parsley root and onions. Any German stew starts with this base.
Cajun Cooking starts with the “Holy Trinity” of onions, bell peppers and celery, and ends in the famous dishes of étouffée, gumbo, and jambalaya. MMMMM
In Spanish cuisine, a sofrito consists of garlic, onion, paprika, and tomatoes cooked in olive oil. How about some Arroz con Pollo or Paella?
In Filipino cuisine, ginisá is a base of garlic, onions, and tomatoes sautéed together with cooking oil. Pork Adobe anyone?
In India, many dishes start with a combination of onion, garlic, ginger and hot peppers.