Glazed Carrots with Green Olives

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    4

Appears in

The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

  • About

Inspired by a homey recipe in Guy Gedda's wonderful Provençal cookbook, La table d’un Provençal, I decided to create a slow-cooker version. Here winter carrots, cut into thick strips, are slow-cooked in their own moisture until swollen, succulent, and flavorful. The vivid taste of the carrots, the aroma of the olives, and the pungency of the thyme makes this a great accompaniment to meat or poultry.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large organic carrots
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 3 ounces picholine olives (about 24)
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Method

  1. Peel the carrots, cut in half crosswise, quarter the thicker ends lengthwise, and halve the thinner ends. Place in an electric slow-cooker or a heavy skillet wide enough to hold the carrots in one layer.
  2. Add half the butter, cover the slow-cooker, set the heat to high, and cook, stirring once, for 2 to 3 hours, or until very tender. If substituting a skillet on top of the stove, set on a heat diffuser over very low heat. Add a few tablespoons water, cover with a round of parchment paper and a tight-fitting lid, and cook until very tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Drain the carrots on paper towels and let rest. Meanwhile, pit the olives by gently tapping each one with a wooden mallet, halve, remove the pit, rinse, and drain.
  4. About 10 minutes before serving, melt the remaining butter in a medium skillet over moderate heat. Add the garlic and parsley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the carrots, thyme, olives, and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until glazed. Pour in the cream, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes and serve.