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Carrot Casserole is the Missing Side Dish You Need This Holiday Season!


  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided


Step 1: Preheat oven and prepare your ingredients

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 9-by-6-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place carrots and water in a large microwaveable bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap; microwave on High until carrots are crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 2: Heat Panko

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add panko, thyme, parsley and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the panko is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl. Wipe the pan clean.

Step 3: Stir the sauce

Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk until a smooth and slightly thickened sauce forms, about 1 minute. Add mustard, onion powder, pepper and coriander. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 4: Add Ingredients to baking dish

Pour half of the sauce into the prepared baking dish. Add half of the carrots; top with 1/2 cup Cheddar. Repeat with the remaining sauce, carrots and Cheddar. Top with the panko mixture and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover with foil.

Step 5: Bake

Bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake until the sauce is bubbling and the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 248

Fat: 14g

Carbs: 16g

Protein: 8g

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