Shallots form a vital part of the chef's mise en place and are at the heart of many classic dishes. Professional chefs and passionate home cooks know that shallots are a crucial ingredient in stews and casseroles but they are also fantastic in stir fries, breads, sauces, tarts, soups, salads and curries.
Charlie Hicks, presenter of BBC Radio 4 Veg Talk recommends "chopping [shallots] very finely and using as a garnish - they're as good as salt and pepper"
• 79% of people don’t regularly buy shallots
• Of these 51% don’t know why they would buy them over an onion
• 22% don’t know which dishes put them in
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Survey was carried out by UK Shallot Grower Group in 2013