Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is a beautiful and tasty way to make your diners pay attention to their vegetables! The combination of carrots, celery and turnip provides a mild but flavorful side dish. Take advantage of the seasons, altering the herbs and vegetables to follow your inspiration - tender asparagus spears with chives or chervil in the spring or wild mushrooms with rosemary in the fall.
- 1⁄2 bunch fresh tarragon (or herbs of your choice)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 medium carrots
- 3 celery ribs
- 1 medium turnip
- salt and pepper
- Reserve 4 sprigs of tarragon for garnish. Remove the leaves from the remaining tarragon sprigs and chop them.
- With a chefs knife, cut the carrots, celery stalks and turnip into julienned strips about ¼"x ¼" by about 3" long.
- Make a parchment paper lid to fit the saute pan: Fold a square of parchment in half, triangularly, then in half again. Fold it over once or twice more to form a slender cone.
- Holding the paper cone over the pan with the tip hovering over the center, use the edge of the pan as a gauge to cut the cone. (Alternately trace a circle around an inverted saucepan onto the paper and cut the just inside the circle so that it will fit inside the saucepan).
- Unfold the paper round.
- Warm the butter until soft and brush a little over the paper round. Heat the remaining butter in the saute pan. Add the vegetable julienne and the herbs. Salt and pepper to taste and stir.
- Set the paper round on the vegetables, butter-side down. Cover the pan with the lid and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 15-20 minutes, taking care not to burn them.
- Serve immediately.