Need to add a little pizzazz to your dinner or holiday traditions? Well we decided to try and make Candied carrots for the holidays and we would like to share with you on your next possible holiday tradition.
We have two recipes that are super quick and easy! You could make them on your own, with family, or your partner. Although the dish shouldn’t take more than 15 to 25 minutes to create with either recipe.
- 6 Carrots
- 1 cup of water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- ⅔ cup of water
- Salt and pepper
- Parsley (This is optional)
First peel and cut the carrot into quarters, lengthwise, then cut again in half.
(If you have extra chicken, beef, or vegetable broth or stock lying around, use it instead of the water for extra flavor.)
Heat the oil in a large skillet in a medium high heat.
Add the carrots and shake the pan so most of them are cut side down. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes, without stirring, until golden brown.
Slowly start to add the remaining ingredients. Stir once then allow to cook until the water is evaporated.
Carrots should start to caramelise.
Stir once or twice until caramelized before transferring to the serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm
Roasting the Carrots
We are going to need an oven for this recipe. You would get your carrots, baby carrots are preferred, toss them in brown sugar or honey, butter, oil, add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Roast these carrots in the oven for about 25 minutes, under a 220C or 425F, until the carrots are caramelized on the edges. By using the oven you are able to get the edges to caramelize without getting the carrot soft or wrinkled.
At the end, you will be with a pan full of tender carrots with a caramel-like sauce to glaze them.
*The recipe does state that you should use a ¼ cup of brown sugar.
If you aren’t sure which pots or pans to use while cooking, feel free to check out our review of Rachael Ray cookware. You will need a strong skillet and it is provides easy clean. No need to have a messy kitchen during the holidays!
What to Serve With
You can serve the candied carrots with a ham, pork loin, or chop dinner, or roasted chicken since the sweetness pairs nicely with pork. Roast lamb or duck are also good choices.
You can also serve it alongside a green vegetable like sautéed green beans or roasted asparagus.
If you are really looking to impress your dinner guest then you have to try our filet mignon or with our chicken fricassee that has additional wine pairings for you to try.
There is always have leftovers after a big meal, and glazed carrots make amazing leftovers. You can easy reheat them in a frying pan, the oven, or a microwave. They are even delicious cold!
Glazed carrots will last around 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
When to Serve
Candied Carrots are often created for the holidays or during Easter but you are free to create it for any sort of special occasion. It adds just the right amount of sweeness without feeling like you are having a dessert.
We hope you try this dish with your next holiday dinner or potential late date night creation. Tell us how it taste or how you put your own twist on this recipe! We love to hear your thoughts!
Have a Happy Holiday season and see you in the New Year!
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