In my adult life, I get way too excited about simple things. Like having no plans on the weekend, finding the perfect socks that hug my feet, actually fitting into my pants, and finding fun foods that are new and exotic.
Granted, carrots are by no means exotic or new to me, but these colorful and vibrant carrots were literally the highlight of my last shopping trip. What makes boring carrots even better? COLOR!!
These carrots taste exactly the same as the carrots we all know and love, but come in a bag filled with yellow, orange and purple roots that, when sliced and served, really dress up your plate. PLUS, when you combine them with a sweet brown sugar glaze…I mean…COME ON, NOW!
These carrots are super easy to make and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. They’re a fun side dish alongside pork or chicken and are great for serving a dinner party or large group of folks.
Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots
- 1 bag multi-colored or plain carrots (about 8-10 carrots total)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- Zest of 1 orange
- Cut carrots into coins, about 1/4 in. thick. Set aside. ALL THE PRETTY COLORS!
- Heat water, about 1 in. high, in saucepan. Add carrots and salt. Cover and heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender (you should be able to cut one in half with a fork).
- In the meantime, combine brown sugar, butter, and orange zest in skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. This should really only take a minute or two…don’t overcook it as your sauce can burn. Once bubbly, remove from heat.
- Drain carrots. Stir carrots into brown sugar sauce. Toss to coat. Cook over low heat about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring gently, until carrots are glazed and hot.
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