These beautiful Maple Glazed Carrots with cayenne make the perfect holiday side dish for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Prepared carrots are brushed with maple syrup, brown sugar and butter then gently roasted in the oven for a slightly sweet and spicy carrot dish.
Prepare the carrots by trimming any tops to ½”, peel or scrub them, and cut any large ones diagonally into two pieces.
Lay the carrots onto a baking sheet. Use two baking sheets if necessary.
Dot small cubes of the butter over the carrots, drizzle with the maple syrup and sprinkle with the brown sugar, cloves and cayenne, if using. Season with salt and pepper and toss gently, then spread out onto a single layer.
Roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until lightly browned, turning halfway through.
Variations: If you like things spicier, use more cayenne.Try adding red chilli flakes, dill, thyme leaves, or sageTop with fresh herbs after plating.Add any leftovers into a Winter soup or stew (like this Vegan Vegetable Stew)Control your level of spice by adding a little or a lot of cayenne pepper.Top with flaky sea salt for an excellent contrast of flavor.Roast with some parsnips for a nice mix of veggies.Use any sized carrots, just cut them into similar sizes so they cook evenly. Baby carrots, chopped carrots all work, just check and adjust cooking time accordingly.Storage: Store this cooked carrot side dish in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.Reheating: Maple glazed carrots can be reheated in the oven at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until carrots are warmed through. They can also be microwaved.