My least favorite part of dicing an onion is the horizontal cuts you have to make. You know the part where you make incisions with the knife parallel to the cutting board? I can never make the cuts even, and one time I gave myself a nasty gash.
Recently, my colleague Dan Souza showed me a newer, easier way of chopping onions that eliminates the horizontal cuts altogether. I’ll never go back to the old way. It was a method Cook’s Illustrated published some years back, only Dan gave it an intriguing name: The Leapfrog Technique. When Dan demonstrated this on TikTok, the video took off like a rocket.