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Slow-Sautéed Carrots & Turnips

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Serves four.

  • To learn more, read:
    Slow-Sautéed Vegetables
  • by Leslie Revsin from Fine Cooking
    Issue 44

In this slow sauté, the vegetables get a jump-start over high heat and are covered briefly to give a short-lived shot of steam to the carrots and turnips. Turnips cook faster than carrots, so I cut them slightly larger to compensate.

  • 1-1/2 Tbs. olive oil, preferably fruity and full flavored
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 leeks, white and pale green part only, halved lengthwise if large, cut into 1/2-inch rings, separated, well washed, and well drained (to yield 2 cups)
  • 2 medium turnips (1 lb. total), peeled and cut into1/2-inch wedges (to yield 2-3/4 cups)
  • 5 to 6 carrots (3/4 lb. total), peeled and sliced on the bias 3/8 inch thick (to yield 2 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh tarragon or basil
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Set a heavy 9- to 10-inch skillet over high heat with the olive oil and butter. When the butter has melted, stir in the leeks, turnips, and carrots, and cook for 1 minute, stirring once or twice. Season with salt, cover, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook at a medium sizzle, stirring occasionally, until the carrots and turnips are almost completely tender and are nicely -- but lightly -- browned, about 25 minutes. (After about 15 minutes, the vegetables should be just starting to brown, so lower the heat if they're cooking too quickly.)

Reduce the heat to very low and continue cooking until tender, about 5 minutes more. Turn off the heat, season to taste with pepper and more salt, if necessary. Gently fold in the tarragon or basil. Transfer to a warm serving dish, sprinkle with the parsley (or fold it in as well), and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 180; Fat (g): 10; Fat Calories (kcal): 90; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Protein (g): 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 22; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 380; Cholesterol (mg): 10; Fiber (g): 5;

Photo: Amy Albert

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