I never really enjoyed eating cooked carrots until I found this recipe. It comes from a cookbook by Mark Bittman. I prefer making this with the butter and maple syrup. It makes a great combination.
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices or 1 lb baby carrots
- 2 tablespoons butter or 1 tablespoon canola oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or 1 teaspoon sugar
- salt, to taste
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 -2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 -2 tablespoon mint, for garnish
- Place all ingredients except the fresh parsley or mint in a medium saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil, and cover.
- Turn heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes.
- Uncover saucepan and raise the heat a little.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and carrots are cooking in butter or oil.
- Lower the heat and keep cooking, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender (not mushy), a couple of minutes longer.
- Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
- Garnish with the fresh parsley or mint and enjoy!
Simple and very delicious. The maple syrup enhanced the natural sweetness of the carrots. So simple to prepare on a busy week night and quick but elegant for a side to a formal dinner. Thanks Velouria. (Have made this again with the sugar - it's that good and soooo simple!!)
I made these last night and they were almost gone before the fried Swai hit the table. My mistake in thinking the family would hold off until I sat down. haha I used the maple sugar option and will definitely stick with that option. On the plus side, I did get an extra serving of fish as a compensation for their behavior.
Quick, as promised, and tasty - these went over well with everyone. I opted to use maple syrup.