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How To Make Carrots And French Beans Dressed The Dutch Way

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A simple dish, this preparation can be used to garnish meats or can be plated by itself. Either way, the cooked carrots or beans add wonderful color to the dinner table.

18th Century

Slice the carrots very thin, and just cover them with water, season them with pepper and salt, cut a good many onions and parsley small, a piece of butter; let them simmer over a slow fire till done. Do French Beans the same way.

— Glasse, Hannah, “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy”

21st Century


  • 2 medium onions
  • 6 large carrots
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Peel and thinly slice carrots and chop onions.
  2. Add salt, pepper, water and butter.
  3. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once cooked through, strain off any extra water.
  5. Add parsley and serve.

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