Move Over Onions
As we slide into the latter half of January enthusiasm for resolutions we were so gung ho about a mere couple of weeks ago often begins to wane. So, here is some tasty advice to help keep those healthy eating aspirations on track: use more shallots and use them often. Your cooking will be instantly elevated as will all the wonderful allium health benefits, which are reportedly higher in shallots. Although related to onions, shallots are generally sweeter with an aromatic edginess similar to garlic. They give dishes more depth and complexity than ordinary onions. Whether gently caramelized or raw, you’ll find this one ingredient adds multiple delicious layers of flavor. Add sautéed shallots to your next pot of braised greens or steamed broccoli and you’ll see what I mean. Shallots make magic out of a simple risotto and, to me, raw shallots are what gives a classic vinaigrette its soul (I like to “mellow” them in the vinegar for 15 minutes or so before adding the remaining ingredients).
If shallots are not a staple in your pantry, now is a great time to fix that. If you’ve never cooked with shallots before, I encourage you to give them a try. And if you have, well, you know what I’m talkin’ about.
For a great recipe using shallots, try out our Shrimp Risotto recipe.