Cooked carrots are easier for kids and older folks to eat than raw carrots. Adding a touch of sweetness helps with flavor and enjoyment. A hint of butter with a touch of glazed real maple syrup over the carrots is a dainty way to put it up a notch.
For this recipe, I’ve used regular carrots and I have used baby carrots. Sometimes I cut the carrots into rounds, and sometimes I slice them the long way.
You can do this recipe in two ways. You either cook them the day before and then add the glaze and heat through before serving. Or, you can do it all in one fell swoop.
I grew up with real maple syrup on my mama’s kitchen table for buckwheat cakes nearly every Saturday for lunch. I know it’s loaded with sugar; it’s loaded with goodness, too. I’m willing to trade off some sugar calories to have this glaze on my carrots. 🙂
Cooked Carrots with Maple Glaze
- 1 lb. carrots baby, regular, sliced or in rounds
- Dash of salt
- 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Peel carrots, then slice
- Cook in water until just tender
- Melt butter and Maple Syrup in microwave or in kettle on stove top
- Drain water off carrots and add butter/maple syrup mixture
- Simmer for 3-5 minutes until glaze thickens slightly
Photo credit: Lucia Good