Shallots Key facts The shallot is related to the onion, but with a milder, sweeter flavour. They keep for up to six months, so are a good thing to have in the kitchen. Banana shallots are longer and more tubular than the common round shallot, the latter used to make pickled onions.

These are like little baby onions, sometimes bright purple-pink and sometimes creamy white.

Cooked slowly as a confit they make a lovely accompaniment to beef. In a medium pan, simmer 12 oz (350 g) of peeled whole shallots with 7 fl oz (200 ml) of red wine, 1 fl oz (25 ml) of red wine vinegar and seasoning. Keep the heat very low and cook, without a lid, for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, turning the shallots over halfway through. After this time, add half a teaspoon of sugar to give a lovely sticky glaze, and cook for another 5 minutes. Serves 4.

They are lovely pickled, or simmered whole in casseroles and braised dishes, and I love them chopped very finely in salads, such as Salade Niçoise.

Related Recipes
Salmon in Champagne Sauce Serves 6

Salmon in Champagne Sauce

Doesn’t this gorgeous salmon recipe look indulgent? The good news is that it’s a real doddle to make, with a buttery shallot sauce that adds to the wow factor! Perfect for a special occasion…

Mixed Vegetable Salad a la Grecque Serves 12

Mixed Vegetable Salad a la Grecque

A great way to add lots of vegetables and pulses to a buffet spread - and so easy you can make it well in advance.

Autumn Lamb Braised in Beaujolais Serves 6-8

Autumn Lamb Braised in Beaujolais

You could make this at any time of the year, but in Delia's view autumn lamb gives the most flavourful results. Serve it with plenty of mashed potato and root veg.

Anchoïade with Toasted Goats' Cheese Croutons Serves 4

Anchoïade with Toasted Goats' Cheese Croutons

Anchovies, mi-cuit tomatoes, olives, oregano: all strong flavours, but combine them in a processor and you end up with this lovely pate-like result. Spread it on to toasted bread for a type of bruschetta - useful as nibbles at a party.

Anya Potato Salad with Shallots and Vinaigrette Serves 8

Anya Potato Salad with Shallots and Vinaigrette

Use new-season new potatoes for this classic salad, with crunch added from the shallots. Serve it with just about anything…




CMS solutions by