Company Carrots

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I call these Company Carrots because I only ever make them when we have company over.  They have too much sugar in them for healthy weeknight eating but come special occasion dinners they are always a big hit.

You can either make these with small thin whole carrots or this time I got nice bunch of rainbow carrots that were on the larger side so I sliced them in coins to make recipe.

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To start up the Company Carrots you need 2 lbs of carrots either washed and sliced in coins or tops trimmed and whole.

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For today I washed and sliced the carrots.  I did not peel the carrots because the internet told me that is where all the nutrients are, and I am pretty trusting of the internet.

Next I lightly boil the slices in about 4 cups of water.  I let them boil 10 minutes then drain them.  You don’t want to cook all the way through, I like them to have some texture and you will continue cooking in pan.

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As the carrots drain, I put pot back onto stove and add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes.   Once those are in the pan I add the drained carrots back on top and set to medium heat while stirring to combine.

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This will take about 6-8 minutes to reach to reach a sticky, sugary, syrupy look to them.  It is quicker to do this second part in a saute pan but I can never bring myself to dirty a second pan just in case Em makes me do the dishes!

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Company Carrots
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 6
An delicious side dish to wow company!
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs carrots, washed and sliced into coins
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. In a pot of boiling water lightly boil carrot slices for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain carrots and return to pot to stove on medium heat.
  3. Add butter, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to pan.
  4. Return carrots to pan and mix thoroughly to combine,
  5. Continue to cook and stir 6-8 minutes until carrots and sugar mixture looks syrupy,
  6. The syrup will continue to thicken as they are removed from heat and start to cool.
  7. Serve to company or yourself and enjoy!
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Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.