Caramelized Balsamic Shallots

Caramelized Balsamic Shallots – a Simple Condiment

Caramelized Balsamic Shallots is a simple condiment that is great on top of canapes, smeared on a sandwich, or served alongside a cheese or charcuterie tray. 

The flavor profile of Caramelized Balsamic Shallots is so complex, so interesting. Any hint of sharpness is gone, and instead, you get this wonderful, creamy sweetness. It’s like magic! It’s always amazing how cooking changes onions, which is true for shallots, too, of course.

Shallots are a member of the allium family, like onions, leeks, and garlic. They look like a large garlic clove and have a mild onion-like taste. Like the other members of the allium family, they have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. They are loaded with antioxidants, particularly allicin, released when the shallots are cut or crushed. 

Caramelized Balsamic Shallots Ingredients

  • 6-10 shallots, about 1 cup chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey or agave syrup).


  1. Trim ends of shallots and remove brown outer skin then roughly chop.
  2. In a small skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add shallots and cook for about 5 minutes until soft and lightly brown.
  4. Add vinegar and maple syrup and cook for another 5-7 minutes until thick and jam-like.

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About Audrey Humaciu

Audrey is the Editor in Chef at That Recipe and VP of Creativity and Sarcasm at Munofore. When she’s not blogging about her eclectic interests from cooking and crafting to ornamental horticulture and the idiosyncrasies of the American language, she’s just your typical 40 something mom livin’ the life in the California burbs… without the minivan and overpriced coffee.

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