When we serve shrimp, whether with corn tortilla tostadas or with a special cracker, like the Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers with Truffle Oil I posted yesterday, we usually serve pico de gallo as a side relish, instead of tartar sauce. I put together a little appetizer board of this and that: Panela cheese cubes, boiled shrimp, and the fresh pico de gallo and I had a feast for one. Did I eat this whole scene by myself? Maybe.
Shallots are from the Allium family of plants, which includes onions, garlic, scallions (green onions) and chives. They are all bulbs from which a lily flower grows. So, shallots taste similar to onions, but are slightly more delicate. I really liked balancing the flavors of green onions with shallots, and the creamy avocado paired beautifully with the sharp chile, and the crispy crackers.
Pico de Gallo Made With Shallots is a Fresh Variation
Pico de gallo is something we make at the ranch, and is on the table with almost every meal. But we always seem to make the same concoction: Onions, tomatoes, chiles, cilantro and salt. Pretty easy, always fresh, but still, sometimes you want to make something a little different.
I was wandering around the produce bins at the supermarket (some people like to cruise the mall, but I cruise the grocery store…) and was eyeing the standard offerings in the onion bin. I do love shallots, but they seem to be reserved for fancy French dishes, and underused on the whole. So, I thought I would experiment with chopping up a quick pico de gallo for the table, and I wasn’t disappointed.
If you are looking to try something new, many times something innovative is only an ingredient away. Switch out your onions in your next bowl pico de gallo, relish or salsa for shallots, and taste the difference.
Shallot and Green Onion Pico de Gallo
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 Servings
- Category: Sauces
- Method: No Cooking Required
- Cuisine: Mexican
3-5 green onions
1 large shallot (2 oz or 56 gr)
1 tomato, seeds removed
1-2 fresh chile serrano (removing the seeds makes for a milder flavor)
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro (10 gr)
Pinch of salt
a few drop lemon juice, or to taste
Finely chop all of the ingredients, and combine in a bowl. Salt to taste, and season with lemon juice. Serve immediately.
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