But almost always, I like to include a side dish that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions. This beautiful Maple Herb Glazed Carrot recipe fits that bill. Plus, carrots are in season in the fall and winter so you can enjoy the sweetest and most flavorful veggies.
In this recipe, they're topped with tart-sweet dried cranberries for an extra dose of festivity and texture. Add these carrots to your holiday menu and your guests will be delighted!
How to Make Maple Herb Glazed Carrots
This is a 25-minute side dish with just 10 ingredients. Here's what you need to make these glazed carrots:
Carrots. You can leave the carrot skin on, just make sure to wash them well.
Olive oil. You can also use avocado oil if you prefer.
Maple syrup. Make sure to use real maple syrup, not imitation, for the best flavor.
Dried herbs. I like oregano, parsley, and basil.
Spices. The savory and spiced flavor in this glazed carrot recipe comes from cinnamon, allspice, and garlic powder.
Dried cranberries. For pops of tart-sweet flavor and ruby red color.
Ingredient Substitutions and Swaps
If you don't have every ingredient on the list for this carrot recipe, don't worry! Here are some simple ingredient substitutions ad swaps that make this recipe your own:
Substitute oregano, parsley, and basil with other dried herbs like tarragon, thyme, or rosemary.
Use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder.
Swap out cinnamon and allspice for nutmeg, cardamom, or a dash of cloves.
Use dried cherries or chopped dates instead of cranberries.
How to Serve Glazed Carrots
This recipe makes total sense at a holiday table. It's a healthy vegan and gluten-free addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. But it's also quick and easy enough to whip up on a weeknight. If you're planning a holiday meal, try serving your herb-glazed carrots with these other festive dishes:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, add the carrots along with the maple syrup + herb seasonings (save about 2-3 Tbsps and set aside), mixing everything together with your hands (you can use gloves if preferred) until carrots are fully coated. Place the carrots unto the prepared baking sheet (lined sided by side) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until carrots are golden, slightly wilted, and tender.
Brush the tops with remaining maple herb mixture and serve unto a platter. Sprinkle dried cranberries atop and on the sides of carrots.
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
SERVING: To make this dish for a bigger family, simply double (or triple) all ingredients.