They are really good, my sister Vee said, when telling me about the glazed carrots she’d made. That was a couple of years ago and I’ve had the recipe in my “let’s try this” stack ever since. Last time we visited her family, she made Maple Glazed Carrots with Pecans. And she was right – again! They are good! But let’s just keep that between us okay – she doesn’t need to go gettin’ the big head!
I’ve gotten lazy and grab a package of frozen vegetables to microwave instead of cooking the real deal. This recipe starts with baby carrots – no need to peel and slice. Put a cup or so of water in a medium pan, add carrots, cover and bring to boil. Steam/boil until carrots are crisp tender when pierced with a fork. That only takes about 15 minutes. So easy, it was not worth the fussin’ on my part –. The glaze is simple. The predominate flavor is the maple as the dressing just enhances it without competing or changing it. Glaze the carrots, add nuts and you have an impressive dish. That is really, really good.
Back to the “big head” — I worked for a season in a children’s program with an elderly volunteer who was a gifted teacher. She could explain complex things so simply anyone could get it, keep the room organized and things moving. But she was old school and did not believe in praising children because, she said, they would get the “big head”. They were told, rather sternly I thought, what they needed to do to improve. We worked with her gifts and others praised the effort and all was well. But I’m so glad not everyone thinks praise gives people the “big head”! We all need an “atta girl”. Vee, here is yours! And thanks for sharing!
- 1 cup water
- 2 pounds baby carrots
- ¼ cup light catalina dressing
- ¼ cup maple flavored syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Put water in medium pan, add carrots and cover. Cook 12 –14 minutes or until tender, then drain.
- Mix dressing and syrup, stirring frequently, until glaze is thickened.
- Add carrots and butter. Stir until butter is melted and carrots are covered with glaze.
- Add pecans and stir to distribute.
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