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Zippy Baked Carrots Side Dish Recipe

Zippy Baked Carrots Side Dish Recipe

Considering how fast our five children and 16 grandkids finish off these cheesy carrots at Sunday suppers, the "Zippy" in the title is appropriate! I came from a clan of avid cookers. At age 85, my mom's worked her way through every one of our recipe books from cover to cover!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 cups sliced carrots (about 2 pounds), cut 1/4 inch thick, divided
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, divided
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • 1. On stovetop or in a microwave oven, blanch the carrots in covered dish until tender-crisp. Layer half of the carrots in shallow 2-qt. baking pan; cover with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. To make sauce, saute onion in butter for 2 minutes; blend in flour and seasonings. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add milk all at once; cook, stirring, until thickened. Pour sauce over carrot-cheese layers. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over all. Top with bacon. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.