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Sunny Side: Braised Carrots with Orange and Capers

The other day, I decided to shred up a carrot for my fried rice. Ever since then, I have been craving carrots like crazy. I recently came across this recipe for braised carrots with orange and capers. The flavor sounds fantastic and the color will really brighten the gloomy winter weather. To get the recipe,

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Braised Carrots with Orange and Capers
From Sunset, March 2006

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound carrots, peeled, ends trimmed, and cut into 2-inch lengths
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2/3 cup thinly sliced celery
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 orange (including peel), rinsed, ends trimmed, and chopped (discard seeds)
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

  1. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add carrots, sprinkle lightly with salt, and turn to brown on all sides, about 4 minutes total. Remove from pan.
  2. Add onion, celery, and garlic to pan; stir often until vegetables are soft but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, orange, thyme, and the carrots to pan. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are very tender when pierced, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, pour remaining tablespoon olive oil into a small frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add capers and cook until they begin to peel back, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  4. Spoon braised carrots into a serving bowl or onto plates and top with capers and parsley.

Makes 4 side-dish servings

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 165(41% from fat); FAT 7.4g (sat 1g); PROTEIN 3.2g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; SODIUM 431mg; FIBER 6.1g; CARBOHYDRATE 25g

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
looks delicious
krooie krooie 9 years
This looks yummy! I'm going to try it. I use my microplane zester to slip some "secret" veggies into a lot of the soups and chili I make. My family are, for the most part, non-veggie eaters. When I zest a carrot, it disappears as it quickly cooks, and no one is the wiser.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
capers, yum.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Tomatoes. Ick.
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