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Braised Carrots & Shallots


Serves four as a side dish.

The combination of sweet carrots, shallots, and tangy tomato is an intriguing one. Orange zest adds a lovely aroma.

  • 6 medium carrots (about 1-1/2 lb.), peeled
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 6 to 8 shallots (about 8 oz. total), thinly sliced (to yield 1-1/2 cups thin shallot rings)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 whole canned tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces; plus 1/2 cup of the tomato juices
  • 3 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 long strips orange zest (from 1 small orange)
  • 1 bouquet garni (1 sprig fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf, and 4 parsley stems, tied with twine)
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Although a Dutch oven (a deep, straight-sided flameproof casserole with a tight-fitting lid) is traditional for this recipe, a straight-sided sauté pan works, too. If you use a sauté pan, it should be about 3 inches deep and no more than 9 inches in diameter. That way, the vegetables will be snugly packed. Be sure it has a lid. Be extra careful when you take a sauté pan out of the oven: The handle will be extremely hot, so tie a kitchen towel around it to prevent burning yourself or others who might try to touch the pan, not realizing that it's been in the oven.

Heat the oven to 350°F. Halve the carrots lengthwise and cut them into 2-inch long pieces. Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium (9-inch) Dutch oven over medium heat. When the oil is hot and the butter has melted, add the sliced shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and slightly browned, about 5 min. Remove the shallots from the pot with a slotted spoon and set them aside. Add the carrots and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are lightly browned, about 12 min. Add the tomatoes and their juices, along with the garlic, orange zest, bouquet garni, and cayenne. Stir in the shallots and 1/4 cup water. Cover the pot, put it in the oven, and let cook until very tender, 20 to 25 min. Discard the orange zest and bouquet garni. Arrange the vegetables on a platter, sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.

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nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 200, Fat (kcal): 11, Fat Calories (g): 100, Saturated Fat (g): 4, Protein (g): 3, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6, Carbohydrates (mg): 24, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 750, Cholesterol (g): 10, Fiber (g): 4,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Very tasty recipe and worth the work. I would have rated this as 5 stars but it is rather time consuming for a side recipe. My whole family ate all their carrots. Will make again.

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