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.
To start up the Company Carrots you need 2 lbs of carrots either washed and sliced in coins or tops trimmed and whole.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- In a pot of boiling water lightly boil carrot slices for 10 minutes.
- Drain carrots and return to pot to stove on medium heat.
- Add butter, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to pan.
- Return carrots to pan and mix thoroughly to combine,
- Continue to cook and stir 6-8 minutes until carrots and sugar mixture looks syrupy,
- The syrup will continue to thicken as they are removed from heat and start to cool.
- Serve to company or yourself and enjoy!