Balsamic Baby Carrots
3 cups water
1 pound baby carrots
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
1 medium-size red bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Garnish: fresh Italian parsley sprig
Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan; add carrots, return to a boil, and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat; drain well.
Saute shallots and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in carrots, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients, and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced and vegetables begin to glaze. Remove from heat; stir in chopped parsley. Garnish, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 servings.