Shallots are a member of the onion family, often described as a cross between onion and garlic. Their flavor is light, sweet and delicate, and we haven't found many dishes which aren't enhanced by tossing in some of these freeze-dried shallots.
It takes 18 pounds of fresh shallots to produce 1 pound of freeze-dried shallots, making them a fairly expensive item. Once you start using them, however, you won't want to be without. They have a light nature which allows them to blend well, without overwhelming, as onion and garlic sometimes do. Shallots make a good salt-free seasoning for low-sodium diets. Shrimp, scallops or crab all make quick, easy meals when sauteed in butter and white wine with shallots tossed in; serve over rice or pasta.
Almost any sauce is improved with the addition of shallots. Because these shallots are freeze-dried, you can easily powder them between your fingers and sprinkle over chicken, fish, steak or hamburgers. Try adding shallots to any vegetable medley, or omelets, or salad dressings.
Most dishes you add these shallots to will have enough moisture to reconstitute them. If you want to add them to a dry dish, such as just sprinkling them over a salad, reconstitute them by covering with an equal part of water and letting them stand for a few minutes. We do recommend reconstituting before sauteing in butter or olive oil. We have found that reconstituting in red or white wine enhances the sauce even further.
Due to their fragile nature, freeze-dried shallots are sold in jars only.
Chopped Pieces, in a glass jar
Recipes with this Spice
- Cacao Nib Rub for Beef
- Chef Tiki's Creole Stuffed Breast of Capon
- Deb's Chicken Soup
- Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
- Indian-style Coconut Shrimp with Mustard Seeds
- Lavender Vinaigrette
- Orange-Chipotle Marinaded Flank Steak with Ancho Chile Sauce
- Pork Cutlets with Sun-Dried Cherry & Port Wine Sauce
- Saffron Curry Marinade
- Vinegar Allergy Italian Salad Dressing