My chef colleague gave me the idea of cooking carrots in lemon-lime soda several years ago. My first thought was, ugh, what? Needless to say, I was somewhat dazed by the idea. But then I thought, if you can make a cake with coke or barbeque sauce with soda, why not cook carrots in soda. A soda is basically flavored water and sugar.
After getting over my initial shock, I decided to give it a try. Making foods with soda dates back to the depression era when sugar was rationed. The ever clever American cooks decided to use soda instead of sugar. I decided the idea of carrots cooked in soda was an interesting idea. I thought it was worth a try. You’ve got sugar and flavor. Off to the kitchen I went to test out this bright new idea.
If you are totally intrigued, here is my recipe.
Serves 3 to 4.
1 pound carrots
Lemon-lime soda, about ¾ cup
1 Tablespoon butter, optional
1. Wash and peel carrots. Cut into ¼’ slices.
2. Place carrots in a small saucepan. Add enough soda to cover carrots. Cover with lid and bring to a simmer. Cook until carrots are tender. Drain. If desired, add butter. Stir until melted and serve.
I thought the carrots turned out nicely. I would make them again if I wanted to try something with a little different twist.