Mark Bittman, who offered this recipe in an article for the New York Times, names the technique he uses to make these carrots "braise and glaze." He combines butter or olive oil with vegetables in a quick braise, and then lets the braising liquid boil away until the vegetables are gently coated with the remaining sauce.
FROM THE RECIPE:
When carrots are cooked, it's often a sad affair. They are boiled to death and presented almost as an apology. Yet when they're treated with the respect they deserve, even ordinary supermarket carrots can be among the most reliable and enjoyable of vegetables.
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