Here's an easy, tasty and healthy dish that serves well as either a side or as a rustic-style appetizer. If you have ever dined at Pesto in South Philadelphia (one of my favorite restaurants), you may have had their similar, rustic family style dish served at your table. I like to keep things simple by using either frozen baby carrots or frozen crinkle-cut carrots. If you prefer to use fresh cut or fresh baby carrots, have at it! Also, I prepare this dish to be served chilled. If will also serve well warm if you prefer.
BALSAMIC-HONEY MARINATED CARROTS
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/2 bag of frozen baby or crinkle-cut carrots (or 1 medium carrot, sliced into rounds)
Steam cook the carrots until soft. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl. Toss the steamed carrots well in the marinade. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate. Serve chilled.