Cook bacon slices in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, and crumble. Add onion to bacon drippings in skillet, and sauté 3 minutes. Add carrots, cider, sugar, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook mixture 10 minutes over medium heat or until carrots are tender. Do not drain.
Place carrot mixture in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with the reserved bacon and chives.
I made this for Thanksgiving & it was a hit. It is SO easy to make and delicious! The combination of flavors: apple, bacon, onions & a hint of heat in the red pepper is palate-pleasing. I've made it a few times since & it's a winner every time. I have interchanged the chives for scallions ... and have used freeze-dried chives (in the spice bottle section) and it hasn't made any difference in the outstanding outcome. It does take about 20 minutes to get tender carrots though.
This dish would make a lovely side dish for a holiday meal. I served it alongside CL's Cider-Glazed Chicken with Cranberries. The pepper gives the dish a nice, unexpected depth of flavor without being overpowering. I had to use a medium-size skillet, and I cooked the carrots about 20 minutes so they would be tender. This is simple to prepare and tasty--will make again this fall.