Shallots

Shallots

There is no confusion here - shallots are clearly a member of the Allium family, displaying some of the most obvious characteristics of other members. They taste very similar to an onion and have physical structure that is more akin to garlic. Shallots are formed in clusters of multiple cloves and their skin is usually a reddish-brown color with lavender flesh underneath. When cut, shallots release a chemical similar to that found onions, which irritates the eyes. But their flavor tends to be milder and sweeter, yet still pungent, and for this reason, is a favorite ingredient among chefs. In Asian cuisines, shallots are often fried or pickled and a popular Persian dish mixes crushed shallots with yogurt. Shallots can be stored for at least 6 months.

In Season

May, June, July

Recipes with Shallots

Cream of Sunchoke Soup with Melted Shallots, Chanterelles, and Brown Butter

Leif Hedendal

Cauliflower Gratin

Chris Borges, Taste Catering.

Pan Seared Hog Island Oysters with Parsnip Soup and Carrot Emulsion

Mark Ayers, Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.

Peach Chutney

Shanti Wilson, CUESA Market Chef.

Articles about Shallots

May 05, 2006

Bulbs, Shoots, and Leaves - Pungent Alliums

And you thought you loved garlic: one farmer grows 25-30 varieties every year!

About CUESA

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