So for those of you that have been following along with my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I don’t exactly post a lot of recipes for vegetables (like, ever). It’s not because we don’t eat them in our house (yes, contrary to popular belief, I do actually eat vegetables). It’s mainly because I make the most boring vegetables ever.
999 times out of 1,000, I like to just steam vegetables in the microwave (because I’m too lazy to do it on the stove), and mix in a little butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Very boring, but very easy to make, and believe it or not, it’s my favorite way to eat vegetables. What can I say? I’m a simple kinda of gal.
However, I made the decision recently to try to jazz up my veggies a little bit now and again, if only so I have some new recipes to share with you guys. This recipe for ranch carrots was one I had made before, so I knew they would be the perfect complement to some grilled steaks we had for dinner last week.
I love cooked carrots to begin with, but these steamed ranch carrots are simply delectable. The brown sugar brings out the sweetness that cooked carrots naturally have, but the ranch dressing mix balances it out so it’s not like you’re eating straight sugar. It’s more of a sweet but tangy taste that is absolutely delicious.
Now as you can see, I peeled and cut up whole carrots, only because that’s what I happened to have in the refrigerator. I almost always buy whole carrots because they seem to keep longer in the refrigerator than baby carrots, but if baby carrots are more your style, then baby carrot it up! This recipe is delicious either way.
Steamed Ranch Carrots
- 6 large carrots (or a 16 oz bag of baby carrots)
- 4 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 (1 oz) package dry ranch dressing mix (or dry ranch dip mix)
- Wash and peel carrots. Cut into large matchsticks (obviously skip this step if you’re using baby carrots). Steam on the stove top or in the microwave until tender.
- Drain water from steaming. Stir in butter, then brown sugar and ranch dressing mix.
- If desired, pour out excess butter/brown sugar/ranch mix prior to serving
Inspired by: Chef In Training