Have you ever felt personally victimized when reading a menu at a nice restaurant and read something along the lines of, “Creamy Potato Leek Soup, topped with crispy shallots”? WHAT IS A SHALLOT?! Do you dare even ask? Does everyone know what a shallot is?
Here’s the 411 – shallots are small, elongated species of onions, that take on a different flavor and are often used differently from your typical white or yellow onion. Some say that unique added flavor that sets shallots apart in their category is that taste of garlic that so naturally infuses in their flavor. In the allium family, you typically see commodities such as scallions, leeks, and chives in addition to onions and shallots. Shallots are mild – but they are not weak. They provide essential flavor to just the right dish. In other words, shallots don’t take on the “bite” of an onion –