clarifying question about shallots...

I am confused about what is considered one shallot. I know that a shallot is considered a relative of the onion, but when you take the skin off of a shallot, there are often cloves underneath said skin, similar to what you would find in a head of garlic. So, my question is: when a recipe calls for, say, four shallots, does that mean four whole shallots (even if each shallot has multiple cloves) or does it means four shallot cloves?



boulangere September 21, 2011
Second the motion. 1 is one, regardless of how many are concealed inside.
drbabs September 21, 2011
When I write a recipe and use shallots, I think of one shallot as a whole shallot, even if it's multiple cloves.
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