I like cooked carrots, hubby not so much; so I usually make them just for me. Roasting is my preferred method for cooking carrots as it seems to bring out their sweetness. The maple/mustard flavor combination is one I have used in the past so I thought I would try it with carrots. Hubby tried them and said that they were OK which is big praise from him. I, myself, loved them and will be making this recipe often.
Since there are just the two of us, I only made an 8x8 pan full. If I was feeding a family, I would double the recipe. Although I used regular carrots, peeling and cutting them up, a lb. of baby carrots could be used instead. Cut the baby carrots so they are all about the same size if necessary. The flavor of this recipe can be changed up some by using different flavors of mustard.
Maple Mustard Roasted Carrots
8 or so medium carrots, peeled and cut into about 1 inch chunks (enough to fill a 8x8-inch baking dish) or 1 lb. baby carrots
1 T. olive oil
3 T. pure maple syrup
1 1/2 t. Dijon mustard or mustard of your choice.
Place carrots in a greased 8x8-inch baking dish. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss until carrots are well coated. Place pan in a 350 degree oven. Roast about 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes, until carrots are crisp tender. Combine maple syrup and mustard in a glass measuring cup and mix until very well blended. Pour over carrots and mix well. Roast another 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until as tender as desired. Makes 4 servings.
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