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I will be heating an otherwise perfectly-seasoned casserole dish for an hour. (Time constraint non-negotiable! But temperature flexible.) I want to add fresh carrots and green beans but am wondering how long to parcook them (respectively) so they will be just right after an hour in a very moist dish of meat and veloute. Any suggestions?

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    1 hour at what temperature? Seems to me that carrots and beans in a casserole are usually cooked through. Why not put them in raw and heat the casserole until the veg is cooked? By that time the dish will be heated.
    – moscafj
    Mar 21, 2018 at 15:44
  • Totally read that title as ‘Cooking parrots’
    – Spagirl
    Mar 22, 2018 at 0:13

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In my experience, carrots at about 1.5-2cm thickness will be cooked through after an hour at a bare simmer. You might consider slightly browning, rather than boiling them before adding them to the mixture, for flavor, and to get them up to temperature. As for green beans, (depending on how you like them ) add them 10 -15 minutes before the end of your cooking time?

But if you really don't want to shift the flavor, why not cook them exactly to your liking and add them right at the end, just before service? More like a garnish than an ingredient. Plenty of traditional French stews do this with bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms .. etc.

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