"Shallots are for babies; Onions are for men; Garlic is for heroes." - Anonymous
I'm with whoever said this...mostly. Onions and garlic are burly and awesome. This much is true. This is one big reason we love them so much.
Shallots are related, but on another level. They are delicate, sweet and, dare I say it, unctuous. Yep, I said it. But shallots are something to behold. Yes, they will get drowned out by many other flavors if used as an onion, but then again, you would have to be half crazy to use a shallot in this way. Caramelized shallots over anything...say, steak frites or a telephone book, brings a whole other level of comprehension to ones palate.
The bad thing about shallots is that you will grow broke buying them. That is, unless, you grow them yourself. Here ladies and gentlemen is our 2009 shallot harvest:
Make your way over soon...I just got them out of the ground today and I'm already itching to use them.
Shallot rings, shallot and potato gratin, and of course mountains of caramelized shallots...heaven on a plate.