Glazed carrots, yum!
I don’t find carrots to be really exciting especially cooked and these were pretty tasty. Chad was just INSANE for them. The recipe is from Alice Waters’ Simple Food [which I LOVE, esp. for the veg recipes because I am a big ignoramus and it *is* all pretty simple]:
Peel the carrots and cut them into slices or sticks.
Put them in a heavy pot or pan and add water to come about halway up the carrots (don’t pile them higher than an inch or so) [next time, I would use less water than what I thought was half].
Add a good pinch of salt and a couple of teaspoons of butter per serving [I used about 4 pats for a pound of carrots. I also added a handful of brown sugar. Someone suggested honey instead and we will try that next.].
Bring the water to a boil, turn down the heat so the water is simmering, and cover the pan.
Cook until the carrots are tender.
Take off the lid and let the liquid boil down until it has made a buttery sauce that coats the carrots.
Remove the carrots from the pan immediately as the sauce will continue to reduce in the hot pan.
If it reduces too much, it will separate; add a bit of water to bring it back together.
Oil can be used instead of butter, but it won’t make as thick a glaze.
Right at the end of the cooking, stir in a spoonful of chopped cilantro, parsley, or basil [I did not do this due to inclusion of brown sugar].