Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Farmer Cheese

Here’s an easy-to-make side dish for your holiday dinner table. Our recipe for Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Farmer Cheese is pure joy. Your holiday guests will first notice the warm, inviting fragrance that floats over this dish. Then, they’ll experience its delicious flavor. When you roast a carrot, you bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetable, and that earthy-sweet flavor, combined with the nutty and buttery taste of pecans, goes wonderfully with the tangy cool taste of Lifeway Farmer Cheese. Beyond flavor, this recipe is also packed with nutrients. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, soluble fiber, vitamin K1, and potassium, and Lifeway Farmer Cheese is packed with probiotics, protein, and calcium. Easy, tasty, and nutritious? Sign us up!

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Prep Time: 25 mins Servings: 6-8


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place carrots down. Sprinkle the brown sugar and evenly distribute butter. Sprinkle with salt , pepper, and cinnamon.
  2. Place in a preheated oven to 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
  3. To prepare the candied pecans, melt putter in a small pan on low heat. When the butter is completely melted down, add in maple syrup, brown sugar, and pecans. Stir for about 2 minutes. The mixture should thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt and set side.
  5. Once the carrots are cooked, put them in a serving dish. Sprinkle with the candied pecans, farmer cheese, and fresh thyme leaves.