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Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamore

September 13, 2012
Photo by Rocky Luten
Author Notes

I've discovered that pretty much any vegetable can be cooked in this manner—lots of olive oil and garlic, and long, slow cooking—and it will turn out well. Great for grown-ups, great for babies, great for all. —Merrill Stubbs

  • Serves 8 as a side dish, baby for about a week
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • Salt
In This Recipe
  1. Combine the olive oil, carrots, garlic, and a couple small pinches of salt in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Set it over medium heat and bring the oil to a simmer. Give the carrots a good stir, cover the pot, and turn the heat down as low as it will go.
  2. Cook the carrots, stirring gently every once in a while, until the slices are soft enough that they can be smushed easily by gently pinching them between your fingers. (This should take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.) If at any point you find that the carrots start to stick to the pan and brown, gently lift them from the bottom of the pan, add a few tablespoons of water and re-cover.
  3. When they are very soft, you can serve them as is. Or, if you're feeding a baby (or you just like them this way yourself), you can either mash the carrots gently or push them through a fine-mesh sieve before serving them. Make sure to let them cool before you feed them to a baby!

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