Slow Cooker Orange-Glazed Carrots
I’m going to let you in a little secret. I’m really terrible on side dishes. What I mean by that is that I never plan any side dishes when I plan my meals. I get so focused on my main meal and the potatoes or the “carbs” that I feel like I just don’t spend enough time planning around my side dish. There are a few that I keep on going back to, like this gorgeous Brussel Sprouts Lardon, but most of the time, I end up steaming vegetables, like broccoli. I have always loved broccoli, and used to eat them almost in every meal. And I have been lucky that the pickiest eater at my house (aka: my daughter) is actually in the stage that she would eat broccoli.
Since I wanted something pretty simple to make, I figured I would try these carrots in slow cooker. I really wasn’t sure how they would turn out, so I was pretty surprised at how tasty and tender they were. These carrots are wonderful especially if you don’t have a lot of room in the oven. Often times, the oven availability is so limited, since the meats have to go into the oven for roasting that it is nice to have a side dish that can be cooked in a slow cooker like this one. If you are looking for an easy side dish for your holiday dinner, this is a wonderful one to try!
3 lbs carrots (about 18) peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick on bias
1- 1/2 cups water, plus extra hot water as needed
1 tbsp. sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1- 1/2 tsp minced fresh sage
Combine carrots, water, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in slow cooker. Cover and cook until carrots are tender, 4 to 6 hours on low.
Drain carrots, then return to slow cooker. Stir in marmalade, butter, and sage. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. (This dish can be held on warm setting for 1 to 2 hours before serving, loosen with additional hot water as needed before serving.)
Servings: 8 to 10, yield: 3 lbs of carrot