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Zippy Baked Carrots Side Dish

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.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • 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.

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  • cee-jay
    Mar 2, 2011

    I made 1/2 this recipe omitted the topping and added 1 cup of broccoli floretts. It was good

  • judysimon
    Nov 19, 2010

    We make this side dish often! It is soooo yummy & good for you! (Carrots LOL) It is an easy dish to make & this recipe deserves a blue ribbon.