Edible Gelt for Hanukkah

IMG_6596In this recipe carrot slices represent the gift coins traditionally given to Jewish children as Hanukkah “gelt”, or money. This particular way of cooking the vegetable was in the original Julia Child TV show and book, THE FRENCH CHEF. The now widely available variety of carrot colors makes this side dish even more appetizing. After all, coins are not all the same color, are they?

CARROT COINS – 6 Servings

20151025_1730011 ½ lb carrots, preferably rainbow assortment
1 TBSP sugar
1 ½ C chicken or vegetable broth or water
1 ½ TBSP butter +1 or 2 additional TBSP for finishing
½ tsp salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
2 TBSP minced flat-leaf parsley


Peel the carrots and slice them into 1/4-inch rounds. Put them into a 2-qt. saucepan with a heavy bottom. Add the sugar, broth or water, 1 ½ TBSP butter, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender and the liquid has boiled away. Adjust the seasoning.* Just before serving, reheat, tossing with the additional butter and the parsley.

* May be cooled and refrigerated, covered, up to three days ahead. Reheat over medium-low heat, first melting the additional butter in the pot, then gently mixing in the carrots and parsley to avoid breaking the coins.


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7 thoughts on “Edible Gelt for Hanukkah

  1. Can’t wait to make these easy, delicious veggies. Now, if we could only chocolate dip them, perhaps the children might actually eat them! : ))

    • Maybe letting them help you with the preparation will encourage participation in the eating as well!

  2. Sorry I missed your class the other day. I was lucky enough to get some of the goodies from your class. I will look forward to making these colorful delicious looking carrots.

    Thank You!

  3. I am thinking of making these at next year’s Thanksgiving. Even if it’s not gelt time exactly, I think the autumnal flair of the dish would be really nice.

    • Your idea is great! I hope, though, that you won’t wait almost a whole year to try this treat! It is a bright spot on a dinner plate at any season!

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