Savory Side Dish: Roasted Maple-Glazed Carrots with Sweet Walnuts

One of the things my family always loves about the holidays is the color, and there’s nothing like some bright orange on the table for Thanksgiving or Christmas!  With all of the hearty dishes that come with the holiday meals, it’s nice to have something that can be enjoyed in a smaller portion, but still packs tons of flavor and is a bit more interesting than boring old carrots!

There are some of us who love the taste of carrots without much flavoring, but in this case, adding the maple syrup brings out the sweetness a bit and the salt minimizes the bitterness that can occasionally come with root vegetables.  The roasting then seals in all the goodness!  Scroll down to see the details on this amazing recipe!

Roasted Maple-Glazed Carrots

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots, cut as you like (or 1 lb of pre-cut baby carrots)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup high quality maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Take out cut carrots and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup and melted butter; drizzle this over the carrots and season with salt and pepper.  “Toss” to ensure covering.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Add walnuts and toss ’em again!
  6. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until carrots are glossy, tender, but have some browned edges
  7. Remove from oven and garnish with sea salt, parsley, or some additional pepper
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