Brown-Sugared Carrots

Sweet, buttery carrots are perfect for Thanksgiving because you can make them ahead of time and serve at room temperature. This recipe comes from chef Alex Guarnaschelli.

  • Servings: 4
Brown-Sugared Carrots
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Source: The Martha Stewart Show


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds carrots with tops, all similar size and thickness, peeled and halved lengthwise, 1/3 cup tops coarsely chopped and reserved
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add carrots and season with salt and pepper; stir to coat with oil. Let cook for 3 minutes, then add brown sugar and molasses; stir to coat. Cook until carrots are tender and sauce is thick, 5 to 8 minutes, adding 1/2 to 1 cup water as necessary to prevent sugar from burning.

  2. Meanwhile, heat grapeseed oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add reserved carrot tops and cook until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

  3. Add butter and rosemary; cook until butter is melted. Remove rosemary and discard. Transfer carrots to a serving dish and sprinkle with reserved fried tops. Serve.


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