Carrots, as seen on Mary Makes It Easy, Season 1.
Recipe courtesy of Mary Berg

Sweet and Savory Carrots

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
These carrots make for a quick and tasty side dish that is sweet, savory and tender using only a few ingredients you already have in your pantry! Mix the sweet elements, maple syrup and cinnamon, and the savory, cumin and black pepper, and you get this deliciously nutritious side dish.



  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Wash or peel the carrots, trim off the greens if still attached and cut any thicker ones in half lengthwise. Season the water well with salt and cook the carrots for 3 minutes just to soften slightly; drain and set aside. If you’re looking to get ahead, you can do this step up to a day in advance.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the butter. Melt, stirring occasionally, until it bubbles, then subsides and begins to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the syrup, cumin, cinnamon and pepper. Add the carrots and toss to coat. Cook until the carrots are tender but still a bit snappy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the carrots to a serving dish and scatter with the toasted sesame seeds.