Christmas Carrots

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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9 medium carrots, peeled and ends trimmed

2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces) butter 

3/4 cup sugar 

3 teaspoons salt 

4 whole star anise 


  1. Use a clean rough-sided sponge to scrub and smooth the carrots and remove any peel marks (optional).
  2. In a medium straight-sided skillet add 1 3/4 cups water, the butter, sugar, salt and star anise. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the carrots and gently simmer until the carrots are tender and the volume of liquid in the pan is reduced by half, about 45 minutes. Serve the carrots on a platter with the cooking liquid poured over the top.

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