Fried Shallots & Fried Shallot Oil
Why This Recipe Works
by Dan Souza
Fried crispy shallots are one of our all-time favorite garnishes. Once you get used to having them on hand, they start to infiltrate your cooking in many delicious ways—try them in sandwiches, on salads, and on top of pureed soups, just to start. But this recipe is for Fried Shallot Oil as much as it is for Fried Shallots. Most oil used for home frying is destined for the trash, but this golden oil is infused with rich fried shallot flavor and has as many uses as the shallots themselves. (Two of those uses: Fried Shallot Oil Mayonnaise and Fried Shallot-Sherry Vinaigrette.) The oil is also great in stir-fries and curries or as a garnish for soups and stews.