Carrots – The Perfect Addition to Any Meal!
Who doesn’t love carrots? They were probably one of the first real food bites you had when you were small. They are sweet, crunchy, and come in so many beautiful colors. The carrots at our farmers market come in every color of the rainbow. I always stock up at the end of the season so that we will have plenty of pretty carrots for our holiday meals. This vegetable is a staple at our house. You can always find them in the refrigerator ready for a quick snack, a crunchy addition to any salad, or a perfect companion vegetable for any meal.
Garrett Rhymes With Carrot…..!
My son Garrett has always loved carrots, and insists that they are a part of every holiday dinner. It all started when he was little, and loved the fact that his name rhymed with his favorite vegetable! Now that he is older, I think it might be the Jack Daniels that is in the glaze… Either way, Garrett and the carrots share the same sweet composition. Garrett is not alone in his love for carrots at our house, Tatters and Pearl love to crunch away on one every chance they get!
This recipe has slowly evolved over time at our family gatherings. It is a particularly simple recipe with just a few ingredients, but still packs a delicious punch for a side dish. The sweetness of the carrots combine with the butter, maple syrup, and Jack Daniels for a yummy and rich combination. The decision to roast or steam the carrots depends on the amount of oven space available for your dinner party. The recipe is quick and easy to prepare, giving you time to focus on the rest of your meal preparation. Finally, the freshly chopped seasonings that are sprinkled on the top just before serving add the perfect touch of green to the recipe.
You will be tipsy with delight with these buttery and sweet carrots. The Jack Daniels and maple syrup glaze is the perfect accompaniment to make your dinner guests happy.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35-40 minutes
- Category: vegetable
- Method: cooktop
1 1/2 pounds of fresh carrots
4 TB butter
2–3 TB Jack Daniels
2–3 TB pure maple syrup
Salt and white pepper to taste
10 branches of fresh thyme stripped
5 fresh sage leaves chopped
3 sprigs of rosemary chopped
Wash and cut carrots into 1 1/2″ slices ( I think an asymmetrical cut is pretty)
Steam the carrots in boiling water until fork tender
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium – low heat
Add the Jack Daniels and maple syrup
Stir in the salt, pepper, thyme, sage, and rosemary
Keep warm until the carrots are cooked – you may also prepare the sauce earlier in the day and reheat when ready to serve
Drain the carrots and place in serving bowl
Pour warm sauce over the top and serve