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Maple Glazed Carrots

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 oranges , peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped (or 1 cup drained mandarin oranges)
  • ¼ cup water
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound carrots cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup parsley

Instructions

Prepare maple glaze:

  • Place maple syrup, cinnamon stick, orange juice and oranges in pot and bring to a simmer.
  • In small bowl, stir together water and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Stir cornstarch slurry into maple mixture, and continue to simmer over low heat 30 to 45 minutes, until thickened.
  • Strain glaze to remove the cinnamon stick and oranges.
  • Let glaze cool.

Carrots:

  • Steam carrots 5 minutes, or boil in salted water 6 minutes, until firm-tender. Drain.
  • Combine carrots, maple glaze, salt, pepper and parsley.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you prefer serving carrots steaming hot, put them in a hot saucepan for a few minutes to heat the glaze through.