We recently had dinner at a friend's house and were served glazed carrots with the meal, which inspired me to make my own. But, catering to my husband's tastes, I made them without orange or maple anything. They were perfect in their simplicity! So here's a sure-fire recipe for glazed carrots. Yes, you can add other things to them if you want a little pizazz, but sometimes the simplest way is the most satisfying.
Simple Glazed Carrots
(adapted from Cookthink)
1 tablespoon butter
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces (cut thicker pieces in half length-wise)
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
salt and pepper, to taste
1) Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the melting butter's foam has subsided, add the carrots. Sprinkle with sugar or honey and lightly salt and pepper. Add enough water to come about 1/3 of the way up the carrots (1/2 cup or less); cover pan.
2) Simmer carrots 10-12 minutes or until the carrots are barely tender when cut with a knife and most of the liquid has evaporated.
3) Remove lid and let any remaining liquid evaporate. Turn the carrots to allow browning on all sides, 3-5 more minutes. Add about 1 tablespoon of water to release the flavor from the bottom of the pan. Shake the pan to coat the carrots with the glaze. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!