I love carrots. Not only are they delicious but they store well and are fairly inexpensive to buy. Given our very rocky soil, I have never good luck actually growing carrots in my garden but I always buy them at the farm stand and our farmer’s market so we have them on hand. When I buy carrots from the grocery store, I always choose organic. During the summer and fall, I buy carrots from local farmers that I know don’t use pesticides on their crops.
Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon
Plain carrots are fine but there are times that I want something a little bit fancier. These Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon are one of my favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Carrots are easy to preserve into the fall and early winter in a cold spot and we always have plenty of real Vermont maple syrup from the maple trees in our backyard. Bacon just makes anything better. I consider this a Paleo side dish although there is some debate whether or not honey and maple can really be called Paleo. I figure it doesn’t get much more “real food” than to eat what comes from the trees in your backyard.
Vinegar is one of those iffy Paleo foods. Technically it’s processed although vinegar has been used since Babylonian times. Most people consider it as acceptable just like local honey and raw butter. Make sure that you choose one that is gluen free and has no added sugars. If your interpretation of Paleo doesn’t allow vinegar, consider this a holiday splurge.
- 2 pounds of organic carrots
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup real Vermont maple syrup (please don't use fake syrup)
- ¼ cup nitrate free bacon cooked and crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Bring the vinegar and maple syrup to a boil in a small pan. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until it is slightly thicker.
- Steam the carrots until they are a bit soft but not completely cooked. This takes me about 5 minutes but will depend on the size of your carrots.
- Put them in a baking dish. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over it. Pour over the vinegar and maple glaze and mix.
- Bake for about 10 minutes.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy carrots?