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This is a special succotash, not your Mom's succotash. There is a complex blend of flavors, but this is a very labor-intensive side dish. I categorize it as "If I made this for you, I must love you very much!" The end result tasted sublime. Shallots vary greatly in size; mine yielded about 3/4 cup of minced product. Per Cooks Illustrated, 1 medium shallot yields 3 tablespoons of minced product. Was my dish ruined? No, but the shallot taste was quite noticeable instead of subtle. Other choices I made, to please myself: I used baby lima beans and Silver-Queen-type corn. DH, our resident succotash maven, would have preferred the largest lima beans I could have found and would have increased the proportion of them in the dish. Although the sauce was tasty, I was not wowed by it; it didn't "crown" the recipe as I expected it to, given all the special attention. It needed to thicken more, I think. Ahem, we were hungry... Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.