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Slow Sautéed Carrots with Turnips, Kale, and Parsley-Mint Sauce


Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 116

These colorful vegetables caramelize in the pan, releasing steam that makes everything tender and moist. A quick, Spanish-inspired sauce adds a final flourish of flavor. 

  • 4-1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped pitted Spanish green olives
  • 2 tsp. rinsed, drained, and finely chopped capers
  • 1-1/2 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/4 lb. medium carrots, peeled and cut into medium dice (about 3-1/2 cups)
  • 10 oz. purple-topped turnips (about 2 medium), scrubbed, trimmed, unpeeled, cut into medium dice (about 2 cups)
  • Kosher salt
  • 5 small shallots (about 5 oz.), stems trimmed but kept intact, cut lengthwise into 6 wedges each
  • 2 oz. Tuscan kale, stemmed, leaves halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick

Combine 1-/2 Tbs. of the olive oil with the parsley, mint, olives, capers, sherry vinegar, lemon zest, cumin, sugar, and several grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, turnips, and 1-1/2 tsp. salt. Toss well to coat the vegetables with the oil. (The pan will look crowded.)

Reduce the heat to medium, cover partially, and cook, stirring and flipping every 3 to 4 minutes with a spatula, for about 10 minutes. Add the shallots and 1/4 tsp. salt and stir well. Cover partially and continue to cook, stirring every 1 to 2 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and well-browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Reduce the heat if the vegetables brown too quickly.

Reduce the heat to medium low and add the kale, gently mixing until wilted. Stir in the parsley-mint sauce to taste, and remove the pan from the heat. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, and serve.


Pair any leftover sauce with grilled steak or chicken.

Photo: Scott Phillips

Beautiful colours!!!Easy to make. BEWARE: 4 1/2 TBSP oil is waaaayyy to much. Use 2 in the pot and 1 for the sauce. Also too much salt. Even better the next day.

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