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Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

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Today I am sharing a super delicious and really simple side dish that you can make right away or make ahead for your Thanksgiving celebration. These honey glazed carrots are so simple and delicious you will want to make them more often than just on special occasions! Only a few ingredients come together either on the stove top or in the oven to make a delicious, sweet and delicious side for your holiday or weekday meal!

This recipe starts off with steamed carrots. I have used baby cut carrots but you can feel free to use regular carrots cut into coins or chunks. You can even use frozen carrots if that is something you prefer! This would not, however be appropriate for canned carrots because they are much to soft and will turn to mush when cooked again. I cooked my carrots in the pressure cooker for 5 minutes on the vegetable setting and they turned out perfect and tender crisp.

In this video I am sharing how to make these on the stove top but explain what to do for a make ahead situation. The instructions and full recipe are available in my make Ahead Thanksgiving Cookbook and I have placed the link above at the top of this description.

The carrots go into a skillet with melted butter, honey and orange juice. Then they are simmered for around five minutes on medium high heat until the sauce begins to turn to a glaze. You will be able to tell when this happens because the mixture will begin to bubble with very big bubbles that are slow to burst. You will also be able to see the carrots being coated with that awesome glaze.

At this point you will want to turn off the heat and add a pinch of salt to taste as well as some dry or fresh thyme leaves that you have crushed in your hand. This will assist to release some of their essential oils and they will begin to bloom and flavor and scent the dish to perfection!

If you wanted to prepare this in advance, simply toss your steamed carrots, butter (no need to melt, just cut into cubes) and orange juice into a foil pan together. Tightly cover with foil and refrigerate for up to three days before you intend to serve. On the day of your meal, remove from the refrigerator and put in the oven, covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove and stir well. Return to the oven, uncovered and continue to bake for another 20 minutes, stirring every ten minutes or until the glaze has set and the carrots are glistening and bubbly. Season to taste with salt and thyme.

That’s it! Super simple and a delicious addition to any holiday or Sunday dinner! I hope you give these honey glazed carrots a try sometime soon and I hope you love them. I also hope you will check out my make Ahead Thanksgiving Cookbook and pick up a copy for yourself to assist make your Holiday as stress free as possible!

Happy Eating!

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