Often found alongside onions and garlic in the grocery store, shallots are an indispensable ingredient to any pantry, lending a nuanced, soft, and fresh flavor to everything from dressings, to stocks, to quiches. Delicate enough to eat raw and easy to roast to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, shallots are a flexible and supportive building block in many dishes. Shallots (Allium ascalonicum) are a member of the allium family, closely related to onions, garlic, and chives. Whether diced, minced, or sliced, shallots are used for seasoning dishes, either with a soft onion undercurrent or a pop of sharp acidity similar to a hint of garlic. They can also be used to brighten vinaigrettes.