Liven up your Christmas or Sunday roast side dishes with these maple pecan carrots.
Sweet, nutty and the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas showstopper, these are sure to be a hit with all the family. A deliciously sweet and nutty side dish –we’ve given our carrots a crunch! Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin C, perfect for protecting you from the sniffles that the festive season can bring. The maple syrup adds a caramel flavour and with a lower sugar level than honey.
- 600g baby topped carrots
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1tbsp pure maple syrup
- salt and pepper
- 50g pecans, roughly chopped
Heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Put the carrots in a roasting tray and drizzle over the olive oil and maple syrup, tossing by hand so that the carrots are evenly coated.
Season well with salt and pepper then roast in the oven for 20 mins until tender and lightly caramelised. You don’t want the carrots to burn but the maple syrup should have turned a light golden brown.
Remove from the oven, give the carrots a good shake to give them a final coating. Scatter over the chopped pecans before bringing to the table.
Top Tip for making Maple-roasted Carrots With Pecans
If you’re using different carrots, just cut them into batons before roasting to ensure they cook evenly