Today my mother, Janice, shares a recipe for Copper Pennies, also known as Sweet & Sour Carrots. If you’ve never tried this and love tangy veggie salads, you’re in for a treat that you’ll crave the rest of your life! ~Christy
Hello Everybody from Mama, I have been so busy the last few months with football and the holidays that I haven’t been able to help Christy out any. Hopefully, things are beginning to calm down some now and I’ll be able to join you more often. Today I made Copper Pennies or marinated carrots. These babies are delicious. I first tasted these at a small café in Decatur, AL. They were served with the delicious Chicken Poulet (which Christy says translates as chicken chicken) and a hot homemade roll. My sister and I ate there whenever we got the chance and hate it that they have since closed.
I’m sure everyone remembers a favorite café that served that one dish that they cannot get out of their heads. These carrots and Poulet are those recipes for me and my sister. We are so lucky to have since found the recipes so that we can serve them to our friends and family. I love to make these two dishes whenever we are having friends over the weekend since both can be made ahead. I hate to have people over and then spend all my time in the kitchen. The wonderful thing about the carrots is that they will keep for about 4 weeks in the refrigerator. While they make a great side dish, they are equally good with soup and a sandwich. Heck, I sat down and ate a bowl of them by myself without anything at all. Even kids seem to like them. My grandson who is 16 months old couldn’t get enough of them.
Before I bring you this recipe, I’d like to take you down memory lane for a second. When I was a small child I decided that I did not like carrots. No way, raw or cooked! Well, my daddy had a way of getting us to try new things with his little stories. I remember having a bowl of beef stew that had carrots in it. I was eating my way around all the carrots when my daddy noticed. He asked why I wasn’t eating them to which I replied I did not like them. He asked if I wanted to be able to see in the dark. Of course, I did! Well, he told me that rabbits eat carrots and that is why they can see in the dark. I asked how he knew they could see in the dark and he replied, “Have you ever seen a rabbit carrying a flashlight?” That did it, I tried them, discovered I liked them and now they are one of my favorite vegetables. So much for my memory lane travels, let’s get to the recipe.
Our list of characters for today’s recipe: Tomato soup, vegetable oil, sugar, white vinegar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, onions, bell pepper and carrots.
Peel and slice the carrots into round coins. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Heat to boil over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until carrots are tender when pricked with a fork, about 10 minutes. Drain the carrots and let cool. Add chopped bell pepper and onions and stir to distribute.
In a saucepan, whisk together the soup, oil, sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Bring to boil over medium heat while whisking for 2-3 minutes. Set off heat and let cool to room temperature.
Pour sauce over the carrot mixture and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
- 10 carrots peeled and sliced (about 5 cups)
- 1 medium onion fined diced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 small green pepper fined diced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 can tomato soup undiluted
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Place the carrots in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.
- Drain the carrots, add the onions and bell peppers and set aside to cool.
- Combine soup, oil, sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper with a whisk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat while whisking to combine soup and oil. Continue to cook and whisk for about 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the carrot mixture and stir to combine. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.Serve cold from the refrigerator.
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