Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots

 Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots are deliciously tender on the inside and sweet and crunchy on the outside. The maple syrup creates a sweet glaze on top while the bacon crisps them up and delivers on flavor. Perfect to pair with that Thanksgiving turkey or any weeknight dinner.

Bacon wrapped carrots on white platter with fall leaves in back.

OK, I thought it was about time to add a carrot side dish to 2CM. But, I never thought I was going to be so addicted to these bacon wrapped carrots that I wanted to make them every night! After all, who doesn’t love anything wrapped in bacon! Just check out my bacon wrapped pork loin and bacon wrapped chicken! Now add maple syrup to the mix and it puts this side dish over the top!

Closeup of cooked maple glazed carrots showing crispy bacon.

These 3-ingredient maple glazed carrots are so easy to make too. Just 5 minutes prep then bake. The flavor reminds me of my Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies, one of my all-time favorite appetizers. The maple glaze delivers on sweetness while the bacon adds that meaty, smoky, salty taste to the overall dish. It’s hard to describe the flavor but it almost seems like you’re having candy for a side dish. Woohoo!

Tips & variations for maple bacon wrapped carrots

  • Make sure to use 100% maple syrup, not pancake syrup, as this is what gives the carrots all their flavor.
  • Buy organic carrots if possible so they don’t have to be peeled. All the goodness is right under the skin and it sure speeds up the prep time.
  • Use medium-sized carrots if possible but the organic ones with the greens, that are slightly thinner, work well too.
  • I like to line my pan with parchment paper or foil as the glaze can create a sticky mess that is hard to scrub off of the pan. Nonstick pans would also work great.
  • Want even more flavor? Add a sprinkle of thyme along with the pepper prior to roasting. Other complementary herbs are rosemary, sage and parsley.

How to make maple glazed carrots

Prep steps wrapping carrots spreading with syrup and seasoning with pepper.

  1. Just 3 ingredients are all you need – carrots, maple syrup and bacon. (photo 1)
  2. Roll the bacon tightly around each carrot, tucking ends underneath. Do not overlap. (photo 2)
  3. Brush with maple syrup. (photo 3)
  4. Season with pepper then bake. (photo 4)

Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots on white platter with carrot greens on orange napkin.

I love having these bacon wrapped carrots for Thanksgiving dinner but I have also served them, cut into thick slices, as an appetizer. Just stick a toothpick in them and go! You won’t believe how quickly they disappear and even the kids like them. Enjoy!

More delicious side dishes

Creamy Corn Pudding is like a cross between southern corn bread and creamed corn. Addictively delicious!

Asparagus with Bacon is a great way to give asparagus even more flavor. Little bundles wrapped in bacon for the perfect side.

Stuffed Acorn Squash is two side dishes in one. The squash is seasoned with brown sugar and maple syrup then stuffed with quinoa, apples & pecans and roasted until soft and sweet. 

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Bacon Wrapped Carrots on white platter with carrot greens on orange napkin.

Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots

Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots are tender inside, sweet & crunchy outside and taste like candy! An easy side for Thanksgiving or weeknight dinners.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 6-8 medium-sized organic carrots (the most important thing is to have the carrots a uniform size so they cook at the same rate)
  • 6-8 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare a baking sheet with sides by lining with parchment paper or aluminum foil. You can also use a nonstick pan for easier cleanup.
  • Wash, dry and trim the carrots. If using carrots with greens, cut off the tops. If you aren’t using organic carrots, peel them with a vegetable peeler.
  • Take a strip of bacon and wrap each carrot tightly without overlapping the bacon. Tuck the ends under.
  • Brush each bacon wrapped carrot with maple syrup, coating well.
  • Season with pepper. Here you can add other seasonings that your family likes such as thyme or parsley.
  • Bake 20 minutes then remove from oven and brush with more maple syrup. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the carrots are tender.

Notes

Tips & variations for maple bacon wrapped carrots

  • Make sure to use 100% maple syrup, not pancake syrup, as this is what gives the carrots all their flavor.
  • Buy organic carrots if possible so they don't have to be peeled. All the goodness is right under the skin and it sure speeds up the prep time.
  • Use medium-sized carrots if possible but the organic ones with the greens, that are slightly thinner, work well too.
  • I like to line my pan with parchment paper or foil as the glaze can create a sticky mess that is hard to scrub off of the pan. Nonstick pans would also work great.
  • Want even more flavor? Add a sprinkle of thyme along with the pepper prior to roasting. Other complementary herbs are rosemary, sage and parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 10191IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots

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