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Fried or Caramelized Shallots

Fried or Caramelized Shallots 6.000
Dec 31, 2003

Fried shallots are crisp, salty and sweet, and a perfect garnish for rich smoked salmon. An alternative is to caramelize the shallots. While not as crisp, they will be equally sweet.


Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • Peanut oil for frying or butter for sauteing
  • 4 to 6 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Directions

For fried shallots: In a deep pan, pour enough peanut oil to reach a depth of 2 inches and heat to 325 degrees (until it is hot but not smoking, and a single shallot slice dropped into the pan begins to sizzle immediately). Working in batches to avoid crowding the pan, add half of the thinly sliced shallots and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Watch carefully; they brown quickly.

For caramelized shallots: In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt a few tablespoons of butter. Working in batches to avoid crowding the pan, add half of the thinly sliced shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Using a fork or a metal slotted spoon, transfer the fried or caramelized shallots to a plate lined with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool slightly.


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Adapted from "Smoked Salmon," by Max Hansen and Suzanne Goldenson (Chronicle, 2003).

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 27


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 2g 3%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 39mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 2g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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