Crispy fried shallots are an essential condiment in Vietnam. They turn up in soups and on salads, sprinkled onto dumplings as a garnish, and minced and added to meatballs. Use them the same day they are fried.
2 cups thinly sliced shallots (about 4 large)
2 cups canola oil
How to Make It
Combine shallots and oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 15 to 20 minutes, until shallots are golden brown and crisp. Don't increase the heat--the sugars in the shallots will caramelize too quickly and burn.
Transfer shallots to paper towels to drain, spreading slices in a single layer. Strain oil and save to fry more shallots if you like; it keeps, chilled airtight, several weeks.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per tbsp.
Adapted from Vietnamese Home Cooking, copyright 2012 by Charles Phan.
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