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Caramelised Shallots Recipe

Caramelised Shallots

Shallots are milder and slightly sweeter than onions and are used quite widely in Asian and French cooking. They are great used in salads, salsas, stews and casseroles, or baked with your roast. The recipe below adds a wonderful sticky, sweetness to shallots and is a tasty side dish served with steak, lamb or chicken and some roasted seasonal veg. Caramelised Shallots
Serves:  4
Preparation Time:  5-10 minutes
Cooking Time:  30 minutes
1 tbsp butter
200g shallots
4 sprigs of rosemary
1 tsp sugar
175ml red wine
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1. Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat and add the shallots. Toss until they start to brown.

2. Add the rosemary and cook until the shallots are starting to caramelise.

3. Add the sugar and allow it to dissolve before adding the wine and vinegar.

4. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. When you are about to use, uncover and reduce liquid until shallots are shiny and have a syrupy glaze.
When buying shallots, look for those that are firm, with no soft spots, damp or mouldy patches.
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