It's easy for me to remember to grab pantry staples like garlic and onions at the store, but other larder items aren't always so lucky; in particular, I always seem to forget shallots. Thankfully, if you're making a recipe that calls for shallots and your kitchen is temporarily without, we've learned an easy substitute for them.
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Inspired by one of the tips in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, The Kitchn's Dana Velden has come up with a super-smart substitution for shallots:
I have modified [Julia Child's] tip over the years by simply placing the minced onion in a sieve and, holding it over the sink, pouring just-off-the-boil water over and through it for about 15 seconds.
While shallots do taste different from onions, this tip's definitely handy to know when you're out but need a shallot in a recipe. For more, including more shallot substitution ideas that don't involve onions, head over to the link below.