Simple Sweet and Sour Carrots

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Simplicity is bliss. These simple sweet and sour carrots go well with most beef and poultry dishes, and are quick and easy to make. Just a light glaze on these darlings help to take them to the next level. Kids and adults approved!

What you Need to Make Sweet and Sour Carrots:

These sweet and sour carrots will be a hit in your home; serve them as a side dish for everyday suppers or even at holiday gatherings. The flavors are so well-balanced you’ll go back for seconds every time.

Sweet and Sour Carrots Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • Sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh or dried parsley or dill

How to Make Sweet and Sour Carrots

This is simply one of the easiest side dishes to make. Limited ingredients required, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing side fit for any occasion.

  1. Peel and slice the carrots into 1/2 inch thick rounds.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the sliced carrots to the saucepan and sauté for 3 minutes until they start to soften.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the carrots, continue to cook stirring occasionally for another 3-4 minutes. The sugar begins to caramelize and coat the carrots.
  5. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  7. Remove the sweet and sour carrots from the heat and transfer them to a serving dish.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or dill for a burst of color and freshness.
  9. Serve your Sweet and Sour Carrots as a flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses.

Why You’ll Love Sweet and Sour Carrots

  • Perfect Balance: These Sweet and Sour Carrots give the perfect balance between sweet and tangy, making them a winning addition to most any meal.
  • Quick and Easy: This recipe is incredibly quick and easy to prepare. A go-to side dish for busy weeknight dinners.
  • Kid-Friendly: Even the pickiest eaters will enjoy the sweet, caramelized taste of these carrots making them a family-friendly favorite.
  • Vibrant Color: The carrots vibrant orange color adds a touch of brightness to your plate.
  • Versatile Side: Serve these carrots alongside your favorite dishes, from roasted chicken to grilled fish for a burst of flavor and color.

Cooking Tips and Variations

Cooking Tips

  • Uniform Slicing: Slice the carrots into uniform rounds or sticks. This helps them cook consistently for a uniform and pleasing texture.
  • Test for Doneness: Check the carrots for doneness by inserting a fork or toothpick. They should be tender but still have a slight bite (al dente). Nobody likes a mushy carrot.
  • Adjust Sweetness: If you prefer a sweeter dish, add a bit more sugar or honey. For more tang, increase the apple cider vinegar. Also, consider adding white vinegar.
  • Fresh Herbs: Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or dill before serving. These add a burst of color and freshness to the dish.
  • Enhance with Spices: Experiment with spices like ginger or red pepper flakes to add some depth and a hint of heat.
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Simple Sweet and Sour Carrots

These sweet and sour carrots will be a hit in your home; serve them as a side dish for everyday suppers or even at holiday gatherings.
Servings: 6
Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley or dill, optional, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Peel and slice the carrots into 1/2 inch thick rounds.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the sliced carrots to the saucepan and sauté for 3 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the carrots, continue to cook stirring occasionally for another 3-4 minutes. The sugar begins to caramelize and coat the carrots.
  • Pour in the apple cider vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Remove the sweet and sour carrots from the heat and transfer them to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or dill for a burst of color and freshness.
  • Serve your Sweet and Sour Carrots as a flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 279mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 12747IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.3mg
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