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Roasted Carrots, No Oven Required

Roasting deepens carrots’ earthy sweetness like no other cooking method, but the process monopolizes your oven for at least 45 minutes. I wanted great roasted carrots—with streaks of char, a tender bite, and a concentrated flavor—in less time and on the stove.

To soften them quickly, I needed to steam the carrots first. I selected 1. pounds of large carrots from the bulk bin, since their thickness would translate into more

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