Some old rules of thumb and beliefs about nutrition are true. For example, my mother always told me to eat carrots so that I could see better at night. She was right. It’s true that carrots contain lots of Vitamin A which may make it easier to see in the dark.
Carrots are also a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K; and, they are high in fiber, and low in calories.
The bottom line is that carrots are a very nutritious vegetable. But, except for nibbling on the occasional raw carrot, I seldom eat them. So when I came across a hundred-year-old recipe for Braised Carrots, I decided that it was time to try a carrot recipe.
The Braised Carrots, when made using beef broth, taste and have a texture similar to carrots in a beef stew. It makes a nice vegetable side dish. The carrots are cut lengthwise into long strips which makes for a nice, somewhat unique, presentation.
Here’s the original recipe:
Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup stock or water (I used beef broth.)
Fill a Dutch oven half full with water. Put on stove and bring to a boil using high heat.
In the meantime, wash and peel (or scrape) the carrots; then quarter lengthwise. Put carrots in the boiling water and cover. Remove from heat. Let sit until the water has cooled (about 45 minutes). Drain.
Preheat oven to 375° F. In the meantime, on the top of the stove, melt butter in an oven-proof skillet using medium heat. Gently put carrots in the skillet and cook for about 10 minutes. May be gently turned once or twice. (The carrots were difficult to turn without breaking, and they didn’t really seem to need to be turned, so I did not turn most of them. They did not brown, but became more tender). Add stock or water, and put in oven for a half hour. Remove from oven, and put in serving dish. Spoon some of the liquid over the carrots.
44 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Braised Carrots”
This would take more time than I usually give carrots, but it sounds worth the effort. Thank you for giving us the benefit of your experience.
It’s a nice dish. One thing that I found intriguing about the recipe directions was the first step, which called for putting the carrots into boiling water, and then turning off the heat and letting it cool. I may try this cooking method with other vegetables.
Thank you for sharing this recipe ❤️ I’ve been looking for a new way to cook carrots, and seems like this is the one!
I think that you’ll like this recipe.
Perfect timing. I just bought a big bag of carrots.
Wonderful to hear that the timing was good for this post.
I love these simple dishes, and I love the dish you served them in as well!
I really like the serving dish, too. It is from a set of dishes that I bought when I got married many years ago.
I’ve always seen them thrown in with pot roasts. It’s delicious. This seems like a similar idea.
Yes, it is a similar idea to how carrots are cooked when put in with a pot roast – though putting them in with a pot roast would be easier.
But not vegetarian. Haha.
I adore cooked carrots! In fact I prefer them cooked over raw any day. This is one I’m going to try. My grandmother would make something like this and serve them with chicken gravy over the top. I think omitting the gravy would make them a bit healthier!
This does sound very similar to what your grandmother made – though the liquid these carrots are cooked in probably has less fat, and no flour is used to thicken.
Unlike most veggies, carrots are more nutritious cooked or processed than raw – its about the release of carotenoids. Either way, they are bright and inviting.
I learned something new from your comment. Until I read it, I hadn’t realized that cooking releases carotenoids.
The presentation in the choice of serving bowl is perfect, too! While I often braise carrots for a side dish, I have not used beef broth, so that is a new take for me.
The beef broth adds a nice flavor.
My mom always said … did you ever see a rabbit wearing glasses.. when I didn’t want to eat my carrots as a child. I enjoy carrots now …raw or cooked.
I love it. I’ll have to remember, “Did you ever see a rabbit wearing glasses?” to tell my grandchildren.
How timely! I have two packets of carrots needing to be cooked! I shall give this a whirl.xxx
I think that you’ll like them.
A while back I bought some fresh carrots from a farmers market and was amazed at the totally different flavor they had over the plastic bag carrots from the grocery store. The next time I find some available (usually in the fall here) I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks!
Really fresh carrots are so much better than ones that have been in storage for months – though given the time of year, I’ve been making due with carrots from the grocery store.
I have been cutting them on the diagonal and roasting them with a little olive oil. Excellent. I had lots of braised carrots growing up. Must have been an English thing.
mmm. . . the way you make them sounds wonderful.
I am amazed at how tasty they are with so little effort.
Great recipe. I’d add some herbs.
Herbs would be a nice addition.
It’s nice to hear that you liked this post.
I really did! I found a huge bag of carrots today that was hidden in the fridge……..now I have an idea what to do with them! 🙂
thank you! 🙂
I love raw and cooked carrots in every fashion. When I was in my mid to late 20’s, I started having difficulty with night driving due to the glare. Daddy told me to increase my Vitamin A and it improved within the month.
Wow, it’s impressive how quickly you noticed a change.
I had a similar experience with chronic ear aches as a child. My daddy was always a bit before the times when it came to holistic nutrition, etc. He subscribed to Prevention Magazine before it was a magazine devoted to the latest trends in weight loss and food fads! It was a grass roots newspaper with no advertisements and real sound advice. Anyhoo…I recall as a child having such severe ear aches that daddy would walk me back and for trying to comfort me as I screamed in pain. He researched the Prevention index and found a study that showed the beneficial qualities of zinc. Sure enough, he ordered the tiniest tablets and I took one daily (along with the other powerhouses that we now know of today). Welp, I never had another ear ache, never had to have tubes or whatever. Nothing. He taught me the necessity of daily nutrition/supplements, prayer and bourbon!
Your father sounds like a wise person.
He was my hero.
That involves more steps than I usually employ when making carrots. I’ll give it a shot!
I agree – it is more steps than I typically use, too. But I actually had fun making these carrots. I was particularly intrigued by that part of the recipe that called for putting the carrots into boiling water, and then removing from the heat and letting it cool. I may try this technique with other vegetables such as green beans.
Yes, I noticed that too. Blanching them, I guess. That’s the kind of step I would usually skip, but I have the feeling that cooks who make really tasty food wouldn’t.
Hi Sheryl, I have always enjoyed carrots, although, like you say carrots are more often eaten raw now. A great recipe. I sometimes just roast them in the oven as my only step in the process. Your recipe likely gets better results.
Roasted carrots are also really good. There’s something to be said for simple recipes.
I love carrots! Will definitely try this soon. Thank you.