These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.

These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.  | theendlessmeal.com

My friends, I've got my absolute favorite carrot recipe to share with you today.

These bourbon maple glazed carrots are a recipe I've been making for years. They tend to show up around the holiday season and then I kick myself for not making them all year around.

This is also the same (or similar-ish) bourbon maple glazed carrots recipe I shared with you a LONG time ago, way back in December 2011. I'm bringing this recipe back today because I've made some tweaks to it along that way that took it from good to holy freaking awesome.

(If you're curious about the pics that went along with the original post, I've hidden them just below the recipe.)

These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.  | theendlessmeal.com

Making these Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots couldn't be any easier. 

→ Start by cutting them on a long diagonal. We want to maximize the surface area for the glaze to stick to.

→ Next, we give those carrots a quick steam in a tiny bit of water. We use the same pan for the steam as we do for the glaze. Remember, delicious can be simple and easy.

→ Then we welcome the stars of the show, bourbon and maple syrup. Those two bubble away to finish cooking the carrots and after several minutes reduce to form the most gorgeous sticky glaze.

→ To take it one step further, you have the option keep the pan on the heat a few more minutes to caramelize the glaze.

→ Now all you have to do is pop them onto a plate, sprinkle some pistachios over the top, and DIG IN!

These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.  | theendlessmeal.com

When I originally shared this recipe with you, I made it a little different. The most noticeable difference is that the carrots are now sliced diagonally. I used to keep the carrots whole.

I loved the look of pretty carrots with their green tops left on all lined up on a plate. At that time, I went for presentation over taste. Rookie move.

By slicing the carrots on a diagonal, there is so much more space for the glaze to attach. And let's be honest, bourbon maple glazed carrots are all about the glaze. More glaze = better carrots.

The other change I've made is caramelizing the glaze. I've left this as an optional step, even though it does take the recipe to new levels. While it is very easy to do, you must watch the pan closely. The sugar in the maple syrup can go from caramelized to burned in a matter of seconds.

To caramelize the glaze, you simply need to leave the pan on the heat for a few additional minutes. See, I told you it was super easy. Just make sure you don't walk away at this point. Stand ready to stir the pan or remove it from the heat once you see the glaze begin to darken.

These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.  | theendlessmeal.com


Original post date: December 11th, 2011

Do you ever get stuck using the same recipe at each festive meal? I know that I fall into that trap. But then some recipes are simply too good to give up, or so my reasoning goes. Since the first time I made these bourbon maple glazed carrots, they've been a hit. They're a staple at most of my big meals, and even make appearances when I'm the only one at the table. When I made them today, I sat and ate the whole plate.

The lightly steamed carrots are still firm and just past the not-crispy-anymore stage. They're sweet from the maple syrup, and a hint of boozy bourbon is left behind on your tongue. Salty green pistachios add just the right amount of crunch.

These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.  | theendlessmeal.com

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These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.  | theendlessmeal.com

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots with Pistachios

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

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These easy to make Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots are insanely delicious. They're lightly steamed then finished in a  bourbon and maple syrup glaze that has a tiny hint of spice. Even though they're a healthy holiday favorite, you'll want to keep making this recipe all year long.


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Ingredients

  • 10 medium carrots, cut into diagonal pieces
  • 1/4 cup each: bourbon and maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or sub vegan butter, if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add the carrots to a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of water and bring it to a boil. Cook the carrots with the lid off until the water has evaporated and the pan is dry.
  2. Add the bourbon, maple syrup, butter, sea salt, and (if using) the cayenne to the pan and bring to a boil. Let the carrots cook, stirring gently several times, until the maple syrup and bourbon reduce to become a glaze that coats the carrots.
  3. Optional step: continue to cook the carrots for 3-4 minutes more. Watch the pan closely as it is very easy to burn the glaze at this point. Stir the carrots every 15-20 seconds and remove the pan from the heat as soon as you see the glaze begin to darken.
  4. Serve the bourbon maple glazed carrots with the pistachios sprinkled on top.

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Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

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