A delicious side dish is carrots that have been sautéed and then dressed with a bacon-Dijon sauce. A spicy and smokey flavour layer is added to the lightly charred carrots, making them incredibly delicious.
As a side dish, carrots are simply delicious. The carrots with honey glaze continue to be popular. Nevertheless, adding bacon to any recipe instantly raises the bar, am I right? Because of this, you’re going to like these sauteed carrots that are drenched in a ridiculously mouthwatering bacon-Dijon sauce. Also, the aroma of the cooking carrots as they combine sweet and savoury flavours is simple.
This side dish of carrots can be served all year long, but it excels as a Thanksgiving side dish. To prepare the finest sautéed carrots ever, grab a huge bunch of carrots this season
Carrots: To maintain a uniform orange tone, I’m keeping with orange carrots. But for a dish that is even more vibrant, you could also use rainbow carrots.
Diced bacon will be combined with Dijon mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
Chives: Although optional, this is highly advised! A splash of green and a light herbal contrast are added.
HOW TO SAUTÉ CARROTS
As soon as you take the bacon out of the fridge, dice it. If not, the bacon will soften and become somewhat more difficult to chop into smaller pieces.
Let’s fry the bacon to a mild crisp first. After that, pour some of the bacon fat from the pan and transfer the bacon bits to a dish lined with paper towels. Just enough to sauté the carrots in is sufficient!
Cook the carrots for 3 to 4 minutes, covered and undisturbed. This will give them some time to allow the edges to soften while being covered and caramelise in the bacon fat.
Add the bacon Dijon dressing and stir. Stir the carrots briefly before adding the dressing components; there is no need to prepare the dressing separately; it can all be combined in the pan. Once the carrots are thoroughly coated, toss everything together. Add some fresh chives on top for the finishing touch!
To store: Leftover sautéed carrots can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
To Freeze You may still freeze carrots that have been sautéed, though they will become a little softer with time. For up to three months, keep them in a freezer-safe container or bag.
HOW TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE IN ADVANCE
Before making the dish, steam the carrots and store them in the refrigerator in a zip-top bag. When you prepare the remaining ingredients, let the ingredients sit out at room temperature.
THE STORAGE OF THIS RECIPE
In an airtight container, bacon-glazed carrots can keep for up to four days in the refrigerator. The flavour of the bacon will marinate in the carrots, making them even more delicious.
CAN THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?
For a maximum of three months, freeze in an airtight container. You can freeze and remove individual portions by spreading them out on a baking sheet in a level layer on parchment paper.
REHEATING THIS RECIPE
Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat in the microwave oven or in a saucepan over medium-high on the stovetop
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE LOW CARB/KETO OR A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE?
Replace the brown sugar with a low-carb substitute such as Swerve. Use vegan bacon with some coconut aminos for a vegan recipe.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE MAPLE SYRUP OR HONEY FOR THE BROWN SUGAR?
Of course, they both add a great sticky sweet flavour to the carrot bacon dish.
CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?
Indeed, adjust the recipe card below for the amount that you require for your meal.
Professional Advice for Preparing This Recipe
- Adding Heat This gluten-free side dish can also be seasoned with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika. A delicious umami flavour can also be added using liquid smoke or soy sauce.
- Use precut or small carrots instead of using a vegetable peeler for this dish, or use a mandolin to slice the carrots quickly.
- Change it up using smoked pork bacon, maple-glazed bacon, or any other flavour you choose in this recipe.
- When creating the glaze, consider adding a little butter to the bacon grease because it enhances everything.
- Instead of cooking carrots in a pot on the stove, consider using the microwave.
SAUTEED CARROTS WITH BACON DIJON DRESSING
- 4 pieces bacon, diced into ¼-inch pieces
- 1 ½ pounds carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on a diagonal
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook for for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from skillet.
- Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the carrots to the skillet, cover, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes without stirring, allowing the bottom edge to caramelize.
- Remove the lid and stir uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the crispy bacon, mustard, honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper and stir for an additional minute, to combine.
- Garnish and toss with freshly chopped chives before serving.