Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots

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Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots
From www.foodfanatic.com, by Kate Donahue

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How is it November already? I feel like summer has barely ended and here, I find my thoughts quickly turning to thoughts of the holidays. The holidays! Well ready or not, here they come! They may be quickly sneaking up on me but I am so ready. I love Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the holidays during these next few months that are cause for celebration and family gatherings.

In my opinion, there’s nothing better than getting the whole gang together to catch up, spend time and of course, eat! What’s a good holiday party without good food? Turkeys and hams tend to be the main players in the holiday feast but everyone needs support.

Side dishes need to shine too! This year I know I’ll be making a batch of my Vanilla Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans for our Thanksgiving meal.

Sometimes if you’re the host though, you’ve got your work cut out for you in the food preparation department. That’s why having an easy side dish recipe like these Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots, on hand is a beautiful thing.

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A few minutes of preparation time and only a few more to cook them means that you’ll have plenty of time to socialize with your guests. These carrots are so easy to make and taste out of this world, crazy good! I’m so enamored with them.

The brown sugar bourbon glaze has undertones of maple and together with the sweetness of the carrots, it’s heavenly. A sprinkle of kosher salt balances out all the sweetness and is the perfect finishing touch.

This Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots recipe can also be easily doubled or even tripled to feed a crowd. Trust me, you’re going to want to make a big batch. I could not stop testing them after I made them. It was hard to resist eating the whole batch by myself in one sitting! This is one side dish that’s sure to be a shining star at your holiday spread.

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound carrot, peeled and sliced into circles
  • 1/4 cup jim beam maple bourbon, or 1/4 cup bourbon plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, melt one tablespoon butter over high heat. Add carrots and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Remove the carrots from the skillet and set aside.
  2. To the hot skillet, add maple bourbon (or bourbon plus maple syrup, if using). Simmer for 1 minute, then reduce to medium heat.
  3. Add remaining butter. Once butter has melted, add brown sugar and stir until melted. Add carrots back to the skillet, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Uncover and continue cooking 5 minutes longer, until liquid is thickened and carrots are tender. Sprinkle with salt and stir to incorporate. Serve.

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