Miss Vickie's Honey-Glazed Herbed Carrots - 2-Qt Pressure Cooker

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READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by KateL

Entered to show how easy and quick it can be to cook carrots with a pressure cooker. Without a p.c., you would need to cut the carrots into matchstick julienned sticks to cook quickly. With this recipe, you can quickly create the 2-inch x 1/2-inch carrot pieces without a mandolin. This was adapted from Miss Vickie's blog. By steaming and not boiling carrots, more nutrients are maintained. To save time, use the smallest pressure cooker and the least amount of water required by your pressure cooker. In any case, the water should not go higher than the trivet. You can use a perforated steam tray set on top of the trivet. Or you might use a steel vegetable steamer (one with perforated petals). With the rack, you might also use a packet made from aluminum foil that has been tightly sealed. Test the carrots for doneness; they should be tender but not soft or mushy. Some p.c.s are faster than others, so you may need to adjust the time; just reseal the carrots, secure the lid and bring up to pressure again if necessary. Check your p.c. manual for recommended cooking time for carrots. (Margarine has too much water in it and will prevent the herbs from adhering to the carrots.) 2/06/14: I used the beginning of this recipe to pressure cook carrots for Moroccan Carrots; the carrots came out cooked but not mushy, even after simmering the sauce for Moroccan Carrots.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup water
  • 1 lb fresh baby carrots, washed or 1 lb carrot, washed and peeled and cut to a similar 2-inches x 1/2-inch thickness
  • 2 tablespoons butter (NOT MARGARINE)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • 12 cup honey

Directions

  1. Add 1/2 cup water to the pressure cooker. (Add more water if your p.c. requires it.).
  2. Place the carrots in a steamer tray (or steel vegetable steamer with feet - don't you have one of those folding steamers somewhere in your cabinet?). Place steamer tray on cooking rack if needed to elevate the steamer tray above the water level.
  3. Secure the lid. Over high heat, bring pressure up to 15 psi (high pressure), and immediately reduce heat to the lowest possible setting that will stay at that desired pressure.
  4. Cook 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and use the quick release method recommended by your p.c. manual.
  6. Once depressurized, remove the lid, directing any steam away from you. Pour off the water and wipe the pressure cooker dry.
  7. Melt the butter in the pressure cooker over medium heat. Add the dill and thyme and fry for a couple of minutes or until the aroma is released.
  8. Add salt and honey, stirring to blend.
  9. Add the cooked carrots and sauté, turning gently until they are well-coated with the honey mixture and heated through.
  10. Serve hot, spooning any remaining honey butter over the carrots.

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