Monday, June 16, 2014

Brown Sugar Carrots.

[Originally posted here on March 19, 2014.]

This is the only way I like my carrots.

I'm a pretty picky eater, but I do like a few basic vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, peas, corn, and carrots). And this is by far the tastiest and easiest way I've found to eat carrots.

Easy three-ingredient carrots.

Here's what you'll need:


  • 1 lb carrots
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Chop 'em up.

Wash, peel, and chop the carrots as thick or thin as you like.

All good foods involve butter.

Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.

They often involve sugar, too.

Once the butter has melted, add your brown sugar.

By the way, I know I listed 1/3 cup brown sugar, but let's be honest: it tastes better with more like 2/3 cup. But that's obviously not as healthy. Of course, we're dumping our carrots into butter and sugar, so how healthy are we trying to be, really? But 1/3 cup is about the minimum amount of brown sugar that you need for these carrots to taste good, not just a little bit sweet.


Stir butter and brown sugar to mix.

Add carrots.

Add chopped carrots; stir to coat.

Cover and simmer.

Cover pan and simmer on low heat for at least twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.

Apparently, carrots leak.

By the way: In the beginning, two tablespoons of butter doesn't look like enough for a pound of carrots to "simmer" in, but as they cook, the carrots leak their own juice.

Typically, once I cover the carrots and lower the heat, I move on to making the rest of dinner, and let the carrots simmer for however long it takes to get the rest ready. I'm a big fan of overcooking vegetables, though, so you may not want them simmering for more than thirty minutes if you like to keep a little crunch.

All vegetables should taste like candy.

And that's it! I'm a fan of easy.

And, for your cut-and-paste convenience:

Brown Sugar Carrots

  • 1 lb carrots
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  1. Wash, peel, and chop carrots.
  2. Melt butter in pan over medium heat.
  3. Add brown sugar; stir to mix.
  4. Add chopped carrots; stir to coat.
  5. Cover pan and simmer over low heat at least 20 minutes.

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