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Pan-Roasted Shallots with Sherry Wine Glaze

Pan-Roasted Shallots with Sherry Wine Glaze
Shallots, which are composed of multiple cloves much like a head of garlic, have a mild onion flavor. They are a delicious alternative to the old-fashioned pearl onions that are typically part of a holiday meal. Shallots are available in many sizes, but larger ones are easier to peel, cutting the preparation time of this dish to a minimum.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 lb. shallots, halved lengthwise if large
  • 2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup sweet sherry
  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

In a 10-inch fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shallots, 1 tsp. of the dried sage, the 1/2 tsp. salt and a grinding of pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the shallots begin to brown and turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until the shallots are tender and golden, about 35 minutes.

About 5 minutes before the shallots are done, pour the sherry into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil gently until reduced by one-half, about 5 minutes.

Remove the fry pan from the oven. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tsp. dried sage over the sizzling shallots and pour the reduced sherry on top. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh sage and serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Holiday Celebrations, by Marie Simmons (Time-Life Books, 1998).