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Old 09-19-2008, 07:09 AM   #1
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Possible shallot substitute

In the event my store does not have shallots, what should I pick up? A leek? Green onions/scallions (same thing?). I'm not too hip on all the onion varieties..... but would like to either use what the recipe calls for, or the closest substitute I can find.

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Old 09-19-2008, 07:15 AM   #2
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Hi, Pacanis. Any of those will work. In a pinch, even regular white or yellow onions will work, just use a little less. Shallots are a bit sweeter and milder than regular onions. HTH.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:53 AM   #3
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Thanks, GG. That helps a lot
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:00 AM   #4
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Was just gonna say what she said. I guess I don't even need to type this!!!
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:07 AM   #5
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Don't know what you're making. But yes, sub with the above, maybe using the milder part of the sub-plant. I think shallots also have a faint garlicy flav, between onion-garlic, but sweet and mild. You should be able to get them near where the garlic is sold.
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:15 AM   #6
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I'm thinking use onion and garlic together.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:02 AM   #7
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I'd go with using garlic at half the amount of shallot called for.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:09 AM   #8
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I substitute 1/4 of the amount needed for shallots with regular onion the milder the better on the onion.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:19 AM   #9
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surprised no one said it but

red onion. try to find a smaller one as it will have similarities closer to a shallot
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:22 AM   #10
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Check out this site for more onion info.
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