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I went through this strange phase in college where for a long period of time, longer than I am willing to admit, I ate candied carrots, and nothing else… Except Dr. Pepper. I had a poor diet, but for some reason I was really really into candied carrots. After candied carrots, it was sliced tomatoes with salt. It was one of those weird phases in my life where I think I was subcoinciously trying to see if one could survive on nothing but carrots and Dr. Pepper. The answer is that you can, but your skin will probably turn a weird color. That is what happened when I OD’ed on carrots. Anyway, so obiviously being a big fan of carrots I love this dish. So this great little simple dish is the perfect side for nearly anything, and it’s so pretty!
Balsamic Grilled Baby Carrots
Serves 3 to 4
20 baby carrots, cleaned peeled and cut in half, lengthwise
3 sprigs thyme
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (1/ 2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/2 lemon, zested
1/2 orange, zested
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high.
2. Place carrots and thyme in a mixing bowl and toss together with oil until all carrots are well coated. Season with salt and pepper.
3. In a small mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients and whisk together until fully incorporated and sugar is mostly dissolved.
4. Once grill is hot, spread carrots onto grill or grill pan, in a single layer, and grill for 4 to 5 minutes.
5. Brush with balsamic butter and flip. Grill for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, brushing carrots with the glaze every 2 minutes.
6. Once carrots have softened brush with butter mixture and season with salt and pepper.
7. Drizzle with any remaining balsamic butter, top with citrus zest and adjust seasonings. Serve.