Glazed Carrots and Bacon Brussels Sprouts – 2 Recipes

I tried a couple of new recipes for Christmas dinner. Both turned out fabulously! The first is a recipe from Jamie Oliver for glazed carrots, using his recipe pretty closely, except I added in a little onion powder. I used 2lb rainbow baby carrots. I like the color of the final product, but they all turned shades of purple. I think maybe using just orange carrots would be best. And the Brussels sprouts with bacon… I’m not a Brussels sprout fan, but even I’ll eat them with some onions and bacon. These are both easy and don’t take a lot of time. I prepared them the day ahead, and will just reheat in the microwave.

20161223_163250Glazed Carrots

  • 2 lb baby carrots (or portioned big carrots)
  • water
  • 3 mandarin oranges
  • 1 Tblsp vinegar (I used red wine, probably lending to the purple color)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • sprigs of fresh thyme
  1. Peel carrots (or rinse if using baby in a bag carrots)
  2. Place in 2″ deep large fry pan (or large pot…you want the carrots flat, not stacked)
  3. Just enough water to cover the carrots
  4. Squeeze in the juice from the oranges, then add the rest of the ingredients to the pan.
  5. Put on medium-high and bring to a boil. Let all the water boil down.
  6. At the last few minutes while the glaze is thickening, throw in the sprigs of thyme. Stir the last few minutes to coat the carrots.
  7. All done! So easy!

20161223_153244Bacon Brussels Sprouts

  • 2 packages Steamer Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut into “bit” sizes
  • 1 thick slice sweet onion
  • onion powder
  1. Fry up the bacon so it’s crispy.
  2. While bacon is cooking, cook the Brussels sprouts per microwave instructions on package
  3. Drain bacon on paper towel.
  4. Remove 1/2 the bacon grease from the pan.
  5. Cut each Brussels sprout in half
  6. Chop onion into small pieces and caramelize in the grease left in the pan.
  7. Turn heat up, and add the Brussels sprouts and fry and stir until just turning brown.
  8. Add bacon, stir, and serve!

 

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