Spicy Cranberry Glazed Carrots

Carrots are proof a side dish doesn’t have to be complicated, or boring. These spicy cranberry glazed carrots are the perfect fall dish. At first glance they may look like your standard glazed carrots, but oh no, my friends, they are not. They are covered in a wonderful cranberry reduction that is sweet…. with a little heat.
spicy-cranberry-glazed-carrotsThese spicy cranberry glazed carrots are another fantastic recipe from Chile Pepper magazine. I have been a subscriber of the magazine for years and years. Even if you’re not a chile head, or into super spicy foods, Chile Pepper magazine is still a great magazine, full of recipes (you can always tame down the heat) and product reviews and articles. If you are a chile head then, well, wait are you waiting for! Subscribe today and you won’t regret it. I love it.

Also try my steamed carrots with lemon-dill vinaigrette. Or if you prefer grilled carrots (and who doesn’t!) make a big ole batch of my ginger-orange carrots.

Spicy Cranberry Glazed Carrots

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Based on a recipe from Chile Pepper magazine

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds carrots peeled cut into equally-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cranberry juice you can use light but don't use diet
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

On the grill

  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Place carrots in a large bowl and add the olive oil, 2 teaspoons of the pepper flake, and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar. Toss to coat.
  • Grill for 5-10 minutes, turning once or twice, until tender, 5-10 minutes. Remove.

On the stovetop

  • Heat 1" of water in a large skillet to a boil.
  • Add the carrots and cook until tender 5-10 minutes. Remove and drain.
  • Combine oil, 2 teaspoons of the pepper flake, and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar. Add the carrots and toss to coat. Return to the skillet over medium heat and cook another 2-3 minutes.

For the glaze

  • Place cranberry juice and remaining 1 teaspoon of red pepper flake and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer until reduced by half.
  • Place cooked carrots in a large bowl. Add cranberry juice reduction and toss to coat.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

Carrots are one of my favorite veggies. They keep forever in the fridge so I can always have some on hand. This simple recipe for steamed carrots with lemon-dill vinaigrette gives your boring carrots a really nice Dijon kick that isn’t overwhelming. It uses ingredients I usually have on hand (if you don’t have a fresh lemon, you can skip the zest, or use a bit of lemon pepper).

Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill VinaigretteAlso try my roasted carrots. They’re easy and delicious. For something a little different, my spicy cranberry glazed carrots are quite yummy too! But make these steamed carrots with lemon-dill vinaigrette first!

Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 medium lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 3 teaspoons dried, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 pounds medium carrots

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, Dijon, red wine vinegar and honey.
  • While still whisking, slowly pour in the olive oil. Whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk in the dill, salt and lemon zest.
  • Steam carrots in a steam basket over a large pot of simmering water, about 8 minutes. Carrots should be somewhat tender but still have a bit of 'bite'.
  • Place carrots in a large bowl or pan and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Toss to coat and let set for 5 minutes to absorb the dressing.

Roasted Carrots

I love the flavor from roasted vegetables, mostly carrots or Brussels sprouts and sometimes cauliflower. They have such a great sweetness to them. Sometimes I roast canned tomatoes for soups. Or I’ll roast onions as a side dish. And of course, a favorite, roasted garlic. Nothing is as simple as these roasted carrots. And nothing is as tasty.Roasted Carrots

Roasted carrots were the perfect side for our mushroom pork tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. And hey, there’s no law that you have to only roast one vegetable at a time. Toss a few beets in there too. Just make sure they are all about the same size.

Also try my root beer carrots. Root beer makes for an excellent glaze.

Roasted Carrots

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Thyme dried or fresh
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Place carrots on a baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with the oil, rotating the carrots to get them coated.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and thyme.
  • Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, rotating once, until the carrots just start to soften. You don't want them to get too soft - a little crunch is good.