Glaze Carrots in Blood Orange Juice for Bold Flavor

Glazed Carrots

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I was once told by Gilian Handelman, director of wine education for Kendall-Jackson, that the best way to pair wine with food is to match them by color. While it may sound ridiculously simplistic, it works more often than not, and can be applied to pairings between two foods as well.

Carrots glazed with orange juice is a prime example of using a monochromatic color scheme to make a pairing. I recently found myself wondering if other principles of color theory could be applied to food as well. Would orange foods work with an analogous color such as red?

Glazed Carrots

To test this theory, I picked up some blood oranges and made some glazed carrots with them. The color from the blood orange juice amps up the color of the carrots taking them from a respectable orange to a vibrant construction cone orange that begs to be eaten.

Glazed Carrots

But the matchup goes beyond mere color. The sweet, tender gems can back up their flashy looks with a bold flavor that will turn even the most ardent carrot hater. Blood orange juice is more tart than regular orange juice with just a hint of bitterness. The added acidity keeps the sauce from becoming too cloying, and the bitterness provides just enough of a contrast to keep the carrots from becoming monotonous.

Glazed Carrots

It’s not a definitive conclusion, but it certainly has me wondering about other color harmonies. Will complimentary colors work as well? What about a triadic combination?

Glazed Carrots

Blood Orange Glazed Carrots

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These blood orange glazed carrots taste delicious and as an added bonus have such a vibrant orange color. Marc Matsumoto of NoRecipes shares this recipe in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4" thick coins
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup blood orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add the carrots and sauté until slightly brown around the edges.
  2. Add the honey and boil until the honey is thick and bubbly.
  3. Add the orange juice and salt, Boil until the carrots are tender and the sauce has reduced into a thick glaze.

Yield: 4 servings


Marc Matsumoto is the food blogger behind Fresh TastesMarc Matsumoto is a culinary consultant and recipe repairman who shares his passion for good food through his website norecipes.com. For Marc, food is a life long journey of exploration, discovery and experimentation and he shares his escapades through his blog in the hopes that he inspires others to find their own culinary adventures. Marc’s been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and has made multiple appearances on NPR and the Food Network.