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Braised Carrots, Red Onions & Bell Peppers with Ginger, Lime & Cilantro

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Serves three to four.

  • To learn more, read:
    Quick-Braising Vegetables
  • by Susie Middleton from Fine Cooking
    Issue 71

  • 3/4 lb. fresh young carrots, preferably with the tops on
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 oz. yellow bell pepper (about 1 small, cored and seeded), cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 4 oz. red onion (about 1 small), cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, 2x3/4 inches, cut into thin matchsticks (a scant 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 small fresh jalapeño, cored but not seeded, cut crosswise into slices about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbs. homemade or low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro

Trim the tops and tails from the carrots and peel them; you should have about 8 oz. trimmed carrots. Cut them in half crosswise and then cut the thicker end in half lengthwise to get pieces of about the same width, no more than 3/4 inch (the length can vary). In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, lime zest, and brown sugar; set aside. Heat 1 Tbs. of the olive oil and 2 teaspoons of the butter in a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. When the milk solids in the butter are just beginning to turn a nutty brown, add the carrots and 1/4 tsp. salt. Toss well with tongs and then arrange the carrots in one layer. Cook without stirring until the bottoms are nicely browned, 3 to 4 min. Toss and turn over, and cook for another 2 min. to lightly brown another side. Transfer the carrots to a plate with tongs

Heat the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil in the pan. Add the bell pepper, red onion, and a pinch of salt and sauté until browned, 3 to 5 min. Add the ginger and jalapeño, toss, and sauté for another 1 min. Return the carrots to the pan, stir, and pour in the chicken broth. Immediately cover the pan and simmer until the liquid is almost completely reduced, about 2 min.

Uncover the pan, remove it from the heat, and add the lime juice mixture, the remaining 1 tsp. butter, and the cilantro. Toss to combine well, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a heatproof spatula or a wooden spoon. Serve right away as individual servings or pour and scrape the contents of the pan onto a small platter and serve family style.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 150; Fat (g): 10; Fat Calories (kcal): 90; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Protein (g): 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): 14; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 210; Cholesterol (mg): 10; Fiber (g): 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I'm not a good cook at all. I made this a couple of days back. I came out very delicious. Probably the best dish I've made in my whole life. :) The instructions are easy to follow and it's not very complicated but the it tastes so good.

Really excellent. I had a new fish wrapped in prosciutto recipe from Mark Bittman at the NYT. Needed something to go with it. This worked perfect. What was truly amazing is that the lime and the brown sugar seemed to totally neutralize the jalepeno. Between all the tastes this was super.

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