As of recently I have had an aspiration to use baby vegetables more often, and I just hope they start getting introduced to local supermarkets more often. They hold so much flavor, they are aesthetically pleasing and they cook much quicker than regular veg. Many people actually eat baby vegetables raw, however there are a number of easy ways to cook baby carrots. You could make roasted baby carrots, you could simply boil them then saute them or you could make glazed baby carrots, which is what I am showing you today!
Now there is something I have learnt about baby veg. When it comes to regular carrots, you can absolutely roast them, steam them etc and serve them whole. However, we often tend to cut them up and use them to flavor stocks, cook them in soups or have them in casseroles and the list goes on. We don’t usually use them to play the main role in the dish. However, when it comes to baby carrots and other baby veg, 9 times out of ten you want to celebrate them in their wholeness.
Many recipes require sugar to glaze their carrots, which is nice, in fact I remember I doing it this way at cookery school. However, the thing I love about glazing the carrots with butter and honey, is that it still gives those carrots the lovely sweetness, but the carrots still retain their savoriness.
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- 400g of baby carrots washed
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 30g of butter
- 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
- 2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
- A good handful of ice
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Put your carrots in a large pot, add enough cold water to cover the carrots, then add a good pinch of salt. Get the pot on the stove then begin to bring up to a boil.
- Get a large bowl of cold water then add your ice.
- Once the water has come to boil, continue to boil the carrots for about 4½ minutes. Drain the carrots then transfer them to the ice cold water to refresh them. After about a minute or 2, drain them again then set aside (make sure you don't leave the carrots in the water for too long, otherwise they will start to lose their flavor and nutrients).
- Get a frying pan, on medium-high heat, then add your butter and honey. Once the butter and honey starts to bubble, add the rosemary and simmer it in that syrupy mixture for about a minute.
- Next, add your carrots and spend another minute tossing/stirring them in the honey syrup mixture. Finally, add the sesame seeds and stir through one last time.
- Transfer the carrots to a plate, then spoon the honey syrup from the pan over the carrots before serving.
- You can boil and refresh the carrots in advance, then you can glaze them just before you are about to serve. This can make your life easier if your are going to cook something else with these carrots.