I have a little secret, I learned to cook with shallots from my own son, smile.
Shallots are very popular in gourmet cooking, especially, by well-known chefs and French cooking shows. That said, it doesn’t mean that a home cook can’t use it regularly. The only reason why not would be the price, because they are not cheap; perhaps because they are imported to the U.S., as I heard that they do not grow well in our country. I say they are somewhat affordable. Either way, this year I am planning to grow some in my garden to see what I will end up with, smile.
But what is a shallot? A shallot is not an onion but it is a very closed relative of it. You can use it instead of an onion. The flavor is more like a combination of garlic and onion together. It comes in different sizes and it has a sweet flavor as opposed to onions that can come in light and strong flavors.
As far as cooking, I use shallots in my salad dressings and in some salsas. Also, when I chop parsley, garlic, olive oil and chopped shallots to drizzle over steaks, just like I would do with chimichurri, or in stir fry, in fact, I have a stir fry recipe and post that I may use this week.
Overall, let’s give shallots a try in our kitchens and gardens this year. On my end, I will get some bulbs from my garden center and will let you know if I was successful later this year or if I failed. Smile.
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I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.