I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are my own.

Have you started thinking about the holidays yet? I cannot even believe how fast the year has gone and I feel like fall totally snuck up on me! I had big plans to be super organized and have my entire Thanksgiving menu planned out by now. But yeah, didn’t happen.

I’m slowly coming up with ideas and then trying to figure out if my family will actually eat them. You know how it goes. Normally when you have a carrot casserole, it’s loaded with sugar and butter and it’s scrumptious, but I’m looking for a more savory carrot dish this holiday season.

For this dish, I cooked carrots and shallots and then pureed them until smooth and delicious. I stirred in some Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract for some brightness and a few eggs for that carrot casserole texture we all know and love.

The Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract is perfect for adding that little touch of lemon flavor! My husband is forever using all my fresh lemons for his water so I love having the lemon extract in my kitchen as a substitute. Half a teaspoon of the extract is equal to a whole tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest! It is so convenient.

And then the topping! Butter, fresh breadcrumbs, sage, and garlic! All my favorites! That is just mixed up and sprinkled on top before baking. It becomes a little crunchy during baking which is the perfect complement to the silky smooth casserole.

The casserole is absolutely delicious! If you are searching for a new side dish to try for Thanksgiving, definitely give this one a go!

For more recipe ideas and inspiration, visit the Nielsen-Massey Facebook page orPinterest page! Want more ways to use the Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract? Check out their Uses and Pairings page for lots of ideas!

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic (although this recipe is definitely not Paleo)! This Carrot Casserole with Crumb Topping recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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