Caramelised carrots & onions

Caramelised carrots & onions

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8
The perfect caramelised carrots to accompany any roast - try them alongside your Christmas turkey

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal129
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre3g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.15g
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  • 500g carrot, peeled and cut into long chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 8 red onions, peeled and quartered with root intact
  • 3 sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine
  • 1 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…


  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.

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26th Dec, 2011
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.
20th Dec, 2011
Hi, Does any know what u can use instead of the balsamic vinegar? Can you also use regular vinegar?
20th Nov, 2011
xmas/dinner party special great make ahead
30th Oct, 2011
it's all been said
16th Oct, 2011
Loved these! Increased carrots to 750g and reduced onions to only 3 which I cut into sixths...much better size.
12th Aug, 2011
yummy great way to serve veg
5th Jun, 2011
Very easy and rediculously tasty!
26th Dec, 2010
We had this as one of our Christmas dinner side dishes. It tasted great and I will definitely do this again, although next time I will reduce the proportion of onions and cut the onions up into smaller chunks as quarters were too big.
30th Sep, 2010
Made half the amount, but used twice the amount basalmic vinegar and they were amazing. even better cold the next day with home made sausage rolls and a watercress salad.
23rd Nov, 2009
Easy and oh so tasty. Looking for some dishes for a special dinner, I made this and the creamed spinach and they were both divine. Definitely going on the dinner menu.


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