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Julia's Carrots

Now this is how to cook carrots: follow Julia Child's lead and simmer them slowly in a sweet-savory mixture of brown stock (our Glace de Viande), butter, and a little sugar. The liquid is cooked down to a deeply flavored, shiny glaze that coats the tender carrots. They're the perfect complement to a holiday roast, although you may be tempted to just eat a plate of them with no accompaniment at all. Julia would probably approve.


  • A generous tablespoon Glace de Viande Gold® or Glace de Veau Gold® dissolved in 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of ground black pepper, plus additional as needed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, quartered, and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large saucepan, whisk together the dissolved Glace de Viande Gold®, sugar, pinch of pepper, and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted.  Add the carrots and stir to combine.
  2. Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover the pan, reduce the heat to low (but make sure the liquid is still at a simmer), and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until the carrots are tender and the liquid has reduced to a syrupy glaze.  If the liquid does not reduce enough while the carrots cook, remove them with a slotted spoon, set them aside, boil the liquid until it reduces to a glaze, then return the carrots to the pan.  Season to taste with salt and additional pepper.
  3. Stir gently to coat the carrots with glaze and serve them sprinkled with parsley.
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