Coming at you live with another delish side dish to share with family and friends this season. Among all of the turkeys and stuffings and gravy, every Thanksgiving table needs some gorgeous, bright veggies. Don’t you think?
It’s the best way to make sure your traditionally beige plate is filled with a little pop of color. I mean, we eat with our eyes first, right? So it’s time I introduce you to my new fav side dish: my sweet and savory maple glazed carrots.
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Guys. These carrots are BEYOND amazing. Honestly I didn’t know such a basic vegetable could be so addicting, but Abra and I kept going back for more when we were lunching on them last week.
What makes these carrots so insanely good? Rainbow carrots. Yes, you can use all orange ones as well, but I love the beautiful fall colors that rainbow carrots add to the table.
Next, the creamy, crunchy combination (say that 5 times fast) of the goat cheese and pistachios. There’s something truly magical about this combo that makes every bite the perfect bite.
Finally, the hint of lemon zest brings out each individual flavor for the perfect touch. You guys are going to love these! Serve them up next to that big turkey, or just make them for a delicious side dish for your weeknight dinner. It’s always a good time to celebrate with feel-good food. Enjoy!
If you make this recipe leave a comment below to let me know how you liked it! Be sure to tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creations. Xo!
More healthy side dishes to try:
Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus
Saucy Stovetop Thai Green Beans
Roasted Rainbow Veggies with Chipotle Honey Yogurt Dressing
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Plantains
Spicy Maple Dijon Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Maple Glazed Carrots
- 2 pounds rainbow or regular carrots, peeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- 1 ounce goat cheese crumbles
- 2 tablespoons roasted pistachios
- Zest from 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
Place carrots on a large baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, and top with garlic. Roast carrots for 35-45 minutes until fork tender.
Top with goat cheese crumbles, pistachios, and finish with zest from lemon. Serve immediately.
These look amazing. Any suggestion on how much salt and pepper to put?
Hi Neyha! I would start with about a teaspoon (or a few pinches) and then you can add more once you taste them if you’d like!
I made these and they were devoured in seconds!! Thank you so much for such simple, delicious and great looking recipes.
So happy to hear that! I’ll keep recipes like that coming 🙂
I could eat this entire recipe. Times two. In one sitting. SOOOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!!
YES so delicious! I’m so happy you enjoyed!!
made this for Easter and it was everyones fav dish! bowing down to you girl xx
Ahh amazing! So happy to hear that 🙂
Did you know that even though there is a Pinterest pin on the left side of this page, every time you try to save it the error message comes up and says “Sorry! This site doesn’t allow you to save Pins.” I’d like to save it to cook later but I guess I’m not able to.
Hi Brooke – thank you for your patience! We had a tech glitch that is now resolved.
hey, they sound delish!!! Do you think I can make these the day before and just warm up on Thanksgiving?
Hi Monique – for those that dont love goat cheese, what would you sub instead?
Feel free to leave it off or use any type of crumbled cheese that you like!
These were a hit at Thanksgiving dinner! Took longer than expected because some of my carrots were bigger (finished them in the microwave). Will make again and have given out the recipe!
So happy to hear that! The cook time can definitely vary a bit for larger carrots (but easy to pop in the microwave).
Delicious! Far more balanced than so many of the sugar loaded maple carrot recipes I’ve seen. Had it on the side of some Catalina chicken.
Absolutely! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
This is an amazing way to prepare carrots!
Hi there! I only have unsalted shelled pistachios at home. Do you have a recommendation on how to roast them and whether to roast them with or without salt?
Hi! You can toast them up in a saucepan for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. If they’re unsalted, it’s fine, just sprinkle a little extra salt over the carrots before serving!
Love these! I get compliments every time I make them! I definitely add in more maple syrup than it calls for, and use a Tuscan herb olive oil. Yummy!
Delicious! So happy to hear that 🙂
My daughter in law fixed these Maple Glazed Carrots over Christmas. The only problem we found is she needs to fix a double batch. Everyone loved them even the kids.
Amazing! I’m so glad everyone loved them 🙂
Make sure all of your carrots are around the same size so they cook evenly! I subbed feta for goat cheese and it works well
Yes, great tip! Love the idea of feta in here, too.
When you have a window of a video demonstrating the recipe being made it would be nice if you could keep the name up on the screen of what the recipe is in the video.
Thanks for the feedback, Gina!
My favorite addition to thanksgiving that will now be a staple at our house. Made the recipe as is. The flavor combination was incredible! My garlic got really dark so I scraped it away before serving. Next time I might add the garlic halfway through.
Love that! Such a great, easy side.
10/10!! Made this for thanksgiving this year and they were AMAZING. Perfectly carmelized with a nice crunch from the pistachios and tangy creaminess from the goat cheese😋 also, the easiest thing I made for thanksgiving, yet my favorite dish out of everything!
Love it! So glad they were a hit!
I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. The pistachios and feta cheese on top of the carrots really make this recipe unique and the combination of these two flavors are super addicting! It’s such a quick and easy side dish but one that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Perfect for the holidays! So glad it was a hit 🙂
Most Delicious Recipe, I would need to Try! Thank you so much:)
Made these as a side dish for Easter and multiple people said it was their favorite dish from our giant spread! The dish was a great balance of sweet and savory and was SO EASY to make!
So happy to hear that! One of my fav sides, too 🙂
First time seeing colorful carrots dish. Is the dish okay for diabetic patients?
Aren’t they pretty?! I’d recommend consulting a doctor or dietitian!
This is one of our go to side dishes! The goat cheese and the pistachios are so so good. I always chop the carrots down into fourths to make sure they cook more evenly.
Very yummy! I didn’t have goat cheese on hand, so I substituted with feta. Never thought of roasting carrots with maple syrup but it worked! Even my husband commented he would eat them again 🙂
Really pretty and delicious side dish for our thanksgiving dinner!
Yay! I am so happy to hear it came out great and everyone enjoyed
Super easy, looks beautiful and tastes amazing! Sweet, salty, crunchy. The perfect Easter side dish (or anytime)! Great to being to a party prepped for the oven. Thank you!