Baking whole shallots wedged in a bed of salt insulates them a bit from the heat so they turn very soft and creamy inside. Don't worry that they'll be overly salty; in fact, they'll be seasoned just right. Serve this creamy condiment with Spiced Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder.




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour enough salt into a loaf pan or baking dish just large enough to fit shallots when placed on their root ends to form a layer 1/4 inch deep. Transfer salt into a bowl and combine with lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, rosemary, and thyme. Add enough oil to give mixture the consistency of wet sand (about 2 tablespoons). Pour salt mixture into baking dish. Cut a small slice from root end of each shallot to expose a less dried-out end. Place shallots vertically into pan, sticking them down into salt.

  • Bake shallots until very soft to the touch, about 50 minutes. Let cool, then peel and roughly chop (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). Mix together shallots, tarragon, and creme fraiche in a bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and sugar; season with salt.

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Making this for the second time, delish. The shallots baking make the house smell wonderful!