Once peeled, small shallot bulbs will have 2 to 3 individual cloves and large shallots can have up to 6 cloves. In general, if the recipe calls for 1 shallot, use all the cloves within that single shallot bulb.
Do not confuse shallots with green onions or scallions as they are called in some areas, particularly in Louisiana. Early French settlers most likely had to substitute green onions for shallots, hence the confusion.
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