This Week’s Vegetable Box Feature: Shallots… no it’s not a small onion
Did you know?
Shallots are the oldest home remedy for hair growth. They are rich in sulphur, which helps in the production of collagen tissues. This is useful for the regrowth of hair. Chop shallots into small pieces and squeeze out the juice. Apply evenly on the scalp and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off with a mild shampoo that helps in hair growth.
Where to store them?
Keep shallots in a cool, dry, and dark place in a netted bag or basket. The biggest thing to look out for is moisture, which can cause the bulbs to mold. If properly stored, shallots can potentially keep for months.
How to Use them?
They don't require any special preparation; treat them like an onion or garlic. Cut off the ends of the shallot and peel the papery skin off to reveal its white and purple-tinged skin. Separate the bulbs and prepare as your recipe directs—usually chopping and cooking to soften and caramelize. They can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Shallots are rarely the star of the meal. They are background players that round out flavors. You can use them anywhere you'd like a more mellow, less pronounced onion flavor, so they work well in sauces, soups, and, when pickled or fried, an ingredient worth savoring on their own.
Try adding one of these to your Valentine’s Day menu!
Brown Butter Mushrooms & Shallots
Created by: Lord Byron
An earthy and rustic side dish for your favourite protein.
2lbs cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 large shallots, halved and thinly sliced
3 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and allow the butter to bubble and sizzle until the colour turns a light golden/brown colour.
The Best Shallot Dressing Recipe
Created by: Alyssa
Dress up this week’s lettuce mix!
1 small shallot
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 TBSP dijon mustard
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp salt & pepper each
1. Start by dicing the shallot into small pieces.
Angel Hair Pasta with Shallots, Garlic, Broccoli & Lemon
Created By: Cravings of a Lunatic
Simple, quick and perfect for any weekday supper.
1 package of Angel Hair Pasta
2 TBSP olive oil
1 large shallot diced
2 cups broccoli cut into tiny pieces
3 large cloves garlic chopped
½ cup white wine
1 TBSP butter
½ lemon juiced
¼ to ½ cup reserved pasta water
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Put a large stock pot of water on the stove over high heat. Bring to a boil. Once it boils salt it generously.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots
Created By: Elise Bauer
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, tough outer leaves removed, base trimmed, sprouts cut in half
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2 large shallots, thickly sliced, about 1 cup
4 cloves garlic, halved
2 TBSP plus 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted (optional)
Recipes are curated by Lauren
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