Sometimes I spend so much time fretting over the main dish of my special holiday dinner that I forget all about the sides until the last minute. My happiness is quickly replaced with panic: what am I going to serve with my perfect roast/turkey/ham/prime rib? If you are experiencing a panic of these sorts at the moment (around the holidays cooking crises double in number!) then try this straightforward and uncomplicated recipe for candied carrots. It will pair nicely with any of the aforementioned mains and is a snap to prepare. To get this recipe,
1 bunch young carrots, with tops
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 orange, zested and halved
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut off all but 1-inch of the carrot tops, leaving a little green. Put the carrots in a large shallow pan, add the oil, and season with salt and pepper. Turn to coat the carrots.
- Stick them in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until the carrots are fork-tender.
- In the meantime, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Swirl the pan around and cook until the butter begins to become brown and nutty.
- Squeeze in the juice from the orange halves, add the zest, brown sugar, cumin and cinnamon and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until syrupy.
- Remove the carrots from the oven, drizzle the orange brown butter over the carrots and serve.