What is a shallot?
What are the health benefits?
Shallots have many health benefits similar to regular onions and are actually even more nutritious. They contain flavonols and polyphenolic compounds in even higher concentration than onions and garlic. They are also rich in antioxidants which reduce cell mutation and cancer rates, and have been linked to a reduction in lung, oral, stomach, colorectal, and breast cancer. Additionally, they have a higher mineral content than onions including iron, copper and potassium which help to increase circulation.
Shallots are also highly beneficial for cardiovascular health in other ways as they contain a combination of micro-nutrients that work to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, which can help prevent a number of cardiovascular diseases. Also, like many other nutritious vegetables, shallots contain compounds that help regulate blood sugar levels which can affect energy level and help diabetics control their blood sugar. Finally, they also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that help stimulate the production of GABA in the brain which regulates stress and hormone levels.
As always, feel free to Chef Around and use these crispy shallots for whatever dishes you like! We have used them quite a few times now and they make a great addition to almost anything! What will you top with this delicious recipe?
Total Time: 30 mins
- 1 lb Shallots
- 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash shallots and slice thinly, separating the rings.
- Toss in olive oil, sea salt and pepper.
- Spread evenly on a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, flip the shallots halfway through for an even bake.
- You may need to remove some of the shallot circles as they finish because some will become crispy before others and you don’t want to burn them.