Caramelised carrots & onions

Caramelised carrots & onions

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

The perfect caramelised carrots to accompany any roast - try them alongside your Christmas turkey

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
129
protein
2g
carbs
15g
fat
7g
saturates
4g
fibre
3g
sugar
13g
salt
0.15g

Ingredients

  • 500g carrots, peeled and cut into long chunks
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 red onions, peeled and quartered with root intact
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine
  • 1 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar

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Method

  1. Blanch carrots in a pan of boiling salted water for 3 mins, drain well, then pat dry. In a large pan, melt the butter and oil, then fry the carrots, onions and thyme over a low heat for 30 mins until golden.
  2. Stir in the sugar and red wine and bubble for a few mins to boil off the alcohol. Add the vinegar, then continue to cook until syrupy, about 5 mins. Remove the sprigs of thyme and serve. Make up to 2 days ahead, stored in a covered container. Tip back into a pan and reheat or use a microwave.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2006

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Sarja83's picture

This was so easy and a great way to change up the Sunday Roast. I cooked served with a roast chicken and everyone loved it. Took the advice of comments below and used less onions

sabbsa's picture

Even better let overnight as it becomes more flavoursome & sticky. I love onions and even I would say reduce those by half.

lizleicester's picture

Used ordinary onions (slightly fewer than in recipe) and it was a delicious side dish with Beef Bourguignon (on this site).

shlush's picture
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I thought the same as some others have said that the quantity of onions to carrots was a little off.
The carrots were really beautifully tasty but I found the onions a little overpowering.
When I do these again I'll change the quantities and cook a little longer - and with a bit more balsamic vinegar as that really made it!

markelnevo's picture
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Superb side dish for any roast! Firm favourite in our family. :-D

jfergie284's picture
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This recipe is delicious. I'll be making it again and again. :))

handbaglady's picture
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Just made this for dinner, went beautifully well with some grilled lamb steaks. I'm definitely making them again, really easy to prepare I think I'll fry off some fennel seeds first with the butter and oil next time though.

nwilliams87's picture
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Amazing! I cut the carrots up into small circles and cut the onions up much smaller too which reduced the cooking time massively. Will definitely do these again!

nwilliams87's picture
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Loved this! Just made it to make a Sunday Roast a bit more exciting. My only problem was I wish I had done more! I sliced the carrots into circles so it didn't take so long to fry. Beautiful.

janearook's picture

My favourite carrot recipe - I sometimes add other veg like peas and/or frozen baby broad beans

winnietherat's picture
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They were perfectly ok but not as caramelised as I suspected and probably wouldn't make again. Ratios of veg worked perfectly

orange_blossom's picture
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These are delicious. Made to accompany xmas dinner. I didn't pay much attention to quantities of veg as I used the amount I thought we would like to eat. Will be making again.

flirtinflight's picture
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so delicious - would make these again!

imicola's picture
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Delicious, really easy and can be made ahead...what could be better! The only change i made was using more carrots (700g) and less onions (4) as I find not everyone is as much a fan of onions as myself!

ashleyhouston71's picture
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did this for xmas this year, i didnt have any soft brown sugar so i used muscavado instead, it didnt work as well, they werent very sweet and just tasted of the wine, will try again with the right sugar

crumbles's picture
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Made these 2 days in advance for Christmas dinner & really glad I did. Delicious, everyone enjoyed them & they heat up really well, will be making again.

spongemaker1's picture
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I also reduced the amount of onion & added some small steamed baby carrots as
I thought the dish looked a bit dull, but it was tasty.

hydrogen's picture
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Had these at christmas dinner so tasty and very easy. I made them a few hours ahead of time and then re-heated for 5 minutes in the microwave. I will definitely do them again.

della26's picture

Hi,
Does any know what u can use instead of the balsamic vinegar? Can you also use regular vinegar?

bevrea's picture
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xmas/dinner party special great make ahead

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