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Cider Braised Carrots and Pearl Onions with Fresh Mint

An easy winter side dish that pairs equally well with meat, chicken or fish. The apple cider adds a sweet tartness and a bit of holiday cheer. Pearl onions are closer to a leek than an onion and add a mild onion flavor to the dish. The mint provides a freshness to tie the dish together.

Cider Braised Carrots and Pearl Onions with Fresh Mint

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Serves: 6 Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds heirloom carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into 1/8 inch pieces
  • ½ pound pearl onions, frozen or fresh (if using frozen be sure to thaw them)
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, cut into thin strips (you can substitute fresh Italian parsley)

Instructions

1

In a heavy saucepan, over high heat, melt the butter. Then add the onions** and cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the carrots and curry powder, stir welland cook for another 10 minutes.

2

Add the apple cider, bring to a boil then reduce and simmer, stirring often, uncovered, until the carrots are fork tender.

3

Take pan off the heat; toss the mint leaves in with the carrots. Serve immediately.

4

**If using fresh pearl onions, here’s an easy way to peel them. Step 1: Put the onions in a pot of boiling water boil for 1-2 minutes. Step 2. Drain into a colander. Step 3. Put onions in a large bowl of ice water (this will halt the cooking process). Step 4. Cut off one end, squeeze the other end, and the onion should pop out easily.

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