Carote al latte (Carrots Braised in Milk)

Carote al latte

A fine side dish for roasted or braised meats, these carrots are a snap to make. Just combine baby carrots, milk, butter and seasonings and let them simmer together until the carrots are tender and the milk is fully absorbed. The milk brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots. The whole thing requires no real attention, takes only a few minutes—depending on the carrots—and can be made ahead and reheated whenever you need it. That’s everything I want in a side dish.

Ingredients

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

  • 500g (1 lb) carrots, preferably ‘babies’ (see Notes)
  • A cupful of milk
  • A large nut of butter
  • A generous pinch of salt
  • A good scraping on nutmeg

Optional:

 Directions

Trim off the tops and tips of the carrots, wash them meticulously, then—depending on how tough their skins are—either peel or rub their skins. If using larger carrots, slice them into rounds.

Place the carrots in a braiser with the rest of the ingredients. If you are using larger, older carrots, add a pinch of caster sugar as well.

Simmer the carrots over moderate heat (the milk should bubble gently) until the carrots are perfectly tender and the milk has been complete absorbed. The milk will have turned into little flecks, which is perfectly normal. If you like, mix in some finely chopped fresh parsley for color.

Notes

The choice of carrots is, of course, the key to this dish. If you can find baby carrots at your local farmer’s market, as I did yesterday, you’re in for a treat. Otherwise, look for slender, young carrots, with their tops still on, which are likely to have fine, sweet, delicate and intensely carrot-y taste. These carrots don’t need peeling, just trim the tops and tips and rub them with a towel to remove any filaments and stray grit.

If you’re dealing with standard supermarket carrots—the rather fat kind with thickish skins that come sold in large bags—then trim and peel them, then slice them rather thinly. As these carrots don’t tend to be very sweet, adding a pinch of sugar helps. And actually, this treatment is a good way to bring out the best in these carrots.

A richer alternative recipe calls for thickening the milk with flour and butter before  adding the carrots, basically turning the milk into a béchamel sauce, and nice alternative if you want to use your carrots to accompany a simply roasted meat. With this variation, you can even enrich it further by mixing in some grated parmesan or fontina just before serving.

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21 Responses to “Carote al latte (Carrots Braised in Milk)”

  1. 19 December 2012 at 08:20 #

    This looks delicious!! What a great way to spice up simple carrots! Thank you! Happy Holidays!!

  2. 16 December 2012 at 09:47 #

    I love carrots and am always looking for new ways to prepare them. Love this! (And I think I have figured out how to comment on WordPress sites, yay!)

    • 17 December 2012 at 07:12 #

      Thanks, Trix! Sorry WP gave you so much trouble, but glad to see you figured things out.

  3. 14 December 2012 at 18:54 #

    I’m truly intrigued with this recipe Frank. I’ve never heard of combining milk with carrots but it certainly does sound good. A must try! Thanks for sharing.

    • 15 December 2012 at 09:25 #

      Thanks, Nancy! They’re definitely worth a try. I bet you’ll like them.

  4. 13 December 2012 at 17:12 #

    Hello, Sir !
    I did it, I aet it and I’m in love with this way to cook these carrots. Excellent taste, easy to cook , so great as a view on a plate and a specific and complete flavor gave by nutmeg .
    I would like to say THANK YOU for this recipe, for Tiramisu recipe and for many , many others.
    Thank you Angelina also. Respect for her memory and God bless you, Sir !
    Merry Christmas !

    • 15 December 2012 at 09:28 #

      You’re very welcome, Mala! So glad you enjoyed them. And a very Merry Christmas to you as well. Frank

  5. 12 December 2012 at 05:22 #

    I have never made these or had them I think: happy to find new ways to get my little girl to enjoy cooked carrots.

    • 12 December 2012 at 08:14 #

      I bet kids would like these. The milk really brings out the sweetness of the carrots.

  6. Ciaochowlinda
    11 December 2012 at 02:40 #

    Like other commenters, I have never seen carrots cooked this way. But they look and sound easy to make and delicious, so I am certain to give this a try.

  7. 10 December 2012 at 18:31 #

    My kind of recipe. Yummy and simple!

  8. 10 December 2012 at 01:25 #

    sono di una semplicità perfetta Frank! Buona settimana, un abbraccio a te e una carezza al tuo splendido Twain…

  9. Alison Wiebe
    9 December 2012 at 14:12 #

    Wow Frank! Awesome new technique for me too…thanks so much for sharing this!

  10. 9 December 2012 at 11:06 #

    Frank, this is a brand new method to me, and it sounds wonderful. This one is on my “to do” list. Thanks, and Marry Christmas!

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