I realize that if a recipe calls for shallots, it isn't calling for much but I can't see paying $3-4 per pound for a small, mild onion. You can get onions for $1 per pound or so.
I usually just use a little red onion. I have even seen recipes say you can use red onions instead of shallots.
By the way, before somebody brings it up, there was a thread on shallots vs onions a couple of years ago. here it is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4404...
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