Question: What are Shallots?
I often see shallots in recipes, but I don't know what they are. What are shallots?
Answer: Shallots are a vegetable that closely resemble an onion or garlic, and are sectioned into cloves just like garlic. They have a brown outer skin, but can also be pinkish and resemble a red onion. The flavor of the shallot is similar to that of an onion, but sweeter and not as strong. They are used in recipes in the same way an onion or garlic is, either cooked or raw. Shallots also have a slightly faster cooking time than onions or garlic.