The shallot is in the onion family, and is typically a botanical variety or cultivar group of the species Allium cepa. This was formerly classified as a separate species, A. ascalonicum, a name now considered a synonym of the currently accepted name.Its close relatives include onion, garlic, leeks, chives and Chinese onion. Shallots probably originated in Central or Southwest Asia, travelling from there to India and the eastern Mediterranean.

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  1. flyinglentris


    Shallots are not particularly what I would call aromatic, but more properly ... pungent. Often, they are too pungent for many people and are avoided. I had once found a good store bought bottled cooking sauce with shallots and it later disappeared. I would have been pressed to ask what...
  2. medtran49

    Recipe Roasted tomato and fennel soup

    3 pounds tomatoes, ripe, but still firm Extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 small shallots, coarsely chopped 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped 1 small fennel bulb, coarsely chopped 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons anise liquer 2 to 3 cups chicken or vegetable...
  3. epicuric

    Recipe Winter-Spiced Red Cabbage with Shallots

    Ingredients (To serve 4 as a side dish) 200g shallots 75g butter 600g red cabbage 275ml red wine 150g sultanas 50g soft brown sugar 2 sticks of cinnamon 1pod of star anise 3tbsps red wine vinegar 6tbsps redcurrant jelly Method Peel the shallots but leave them whole. Brown them in a heavy...
  4. F

    Recipe From Scratch: Dijon Mustard Artisanal

    Growing up in a hospitality business, one learns the tricks of the trade regardless whether you employ these creative endeavors or not .. Here is a family home made Dijon from scratch .. Recipe: 1 large shallot or if you prefer a médium sized onion ( I use shallot ) 2 Cups of French...
  5. Morning Glory

    Recipe Peas à la Francais

    There are many versions of this classic French way of cooking peas. I was shown how to make it by an old French man in Provence, back in the early 80’s. He added bacon pieces to his version which works very well indeed. Pancetta would work to. This version is vegetarian (as indeed is the version...
  6. Morning Glory

    Recipe Braised Shallots in Marmite

    This this such a simple recipe and it looks very pretty too. I served it as a side dish with some lamb chops and mashed potatoes. Ingredients 12 banana shallots, peeled,and cut in half lengthways 250ml boiling water mixed with 1 heaped tsp Marmite Butter or margarine Sprigs of thyme Method...
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